Scott Gilmore

Scott Gilmore is a former diplomat and social entrepreneur who works in (and writes about) the United States, Africa and Asia. His disclosures are many and can be found here:
Anti-war demonstrators shout slogans in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 25, 2022 (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

How to really stop Russia: A million little carrots

Scott Gilmore: What can the western world do when it runs out of sticks? How about a million little incentives aimed not at Russia, but at Russians who reject the war.

Pro-Ukraine demonstrators carry signs and Ukraine flags near Russia's UN Mission on Feb. 24, 2022 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The only acceptable response to Vladimir Putin

Scott Gilmore: There are a long list of actions Canada can take right now to pressure Putin and help Ukraine. And there are no excuses if it doesn’t act.

Trudeau arrives to Rideau Hall with wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau to meet with Governor General Mary Simon on Aug 15, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

This morning at Rideau Hall and in Kabul

Scott Gilmore: Trudeau went to Rideau Hall because he wants to be Prime Minister a little longer. If he wanted to really do something, he would have been in a crisis ops room.

Smoke rises in Kandahar after fighting on Thursday between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel. The Taliban say they've taken control of the city. (Sidiqullah Khan/AP)

Canada could save 10,000 Afghans from the Taliban. Or more.

Scott Gilmore: A mass rescue on that scale has been done before, and we owe it to those who believed and trusted us to do it again

A COVID-19 vaccination sign is shown in Montreal, on Aug. 1, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP)

Vaccinations: No more carrot—bring out the stick

Scott Gilmore: Rewards and bribes aren’t working. It’s increasingly clear there’s only one way out of this pandemic and the approaching fourth wave. 

A paddler heads out in Algonquin Park on June 11, 2021 (Fred Thornhill/CP)

The best summer ever

Scott Gilmore: The upside to the ongoing border lockdown is that for the first summer in ages Canadians have the country to themselves. Get out and enjoy it.

Liberal voters back Trudeau, Conservative voters support Ford, and round and round we go (Nathan Denette/CP)

Why partisans are responsible for the mess Canada has made of the pandemic

Scott Gilmore: Our house is on fire. People are dying. And instead of working harder to put out the flames, the firefighters are on the sidewalk shouting at each other.

The centre block of the future HMCS Max Bernays sits at the Irving Shipbuilding facility in Halifax on Jan. 22, 2021 (CP/Andrew Vaughan)

It’s time to ban the buying of made-in-Canada warships

Scott Gilmore: Decades of waste and failure prove Canada is simply incapable of building ships for our navy. There’s only one way to end the insanity once and for all.

Trudeau appears at Question Period virtually during a sitting of the House of Commons on Feb. 3, 2021 (CP/Adrian Wyld)

Dear Prime Minister: Time for you to go back to the office

Scott Gilmore: You can’t be an effective national leader during a time of crises working from home over Zoom. It’s time to get organized, get down to work and get angry.

Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage on Jan. 5, 2021 (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

The numbers are in: Canada’s COVID-fighting efforts are among world’s worst

Scott Gilmore: Every day 130 Canadians die. Our economy staggers. We are failing to properly respond to COVID and it may only get worse.

President Joe Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations in the President's Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/AP/CP)

Biden inauguration: A house divided still stands

Scott Gilmore: America’s contradictions and the efforts to solve them have always defined the country and its history. The impossible nation will beat on.

Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID-19 pandemic on Jan. 5, 2021 (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

Our elected leaders have failed us in their COVID-19 response

Scott Gilmore: The death toll is unacceptable, the response by elected leaders too slow and Canadians should be much angrier. It didn’t need to be like this.