Archive for October 2007

Howard`s End .. will Stephen Harper`s hero go down in the election down under .. (yes he did)

Oct 28th, 2007 | By | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED NOVEMBER 25]. John Howard admires Stephen Harper, and Stephen Harper admires John Howard. The love-in between the Australian and Canadian prime ministers has been going on for while now. Mr. Howard loaned Mr. Harper some of his key strategists before the 2006 Canadian federal election. And both leaders have bestowed on the other the […]

A Day in Istanbul

Oct 25th, 2007 | By | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED MAY 15, 2008.] Istanbul today is the former Constantinople and before that Byzantium, as in W.B. Yeats’s poem: “That is no country for old men, The young / In one another’s arms, birds in the trees.” It is also the jewel of any eastern Mediterranean sea cruise, of the sort too many North Americans may […]

Can Xavier Trudeau save Canada .. and/or the global village?

Oct 20th, 2007 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

Whatever else, the current generation of Montreal (and Vancouver?) Trudeaus have a keen sense of timing. (And timing, grandfather Pierre once pronounced, is everything in politics.) As the Edmonton Journal has explained: “Justin Trudeau became a father shortly after noon Thursday [October 18, 2007] when his wife Sophie Gregoire gave birth to … Xavier James […]

New age of McGuinty’s Ontario puts down roots

Oct 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

The one seriously distressing result of Canada’s most populous province’s first fixed-date election on October 10, 2007 was that less than 53% of the eligible electorate finally cast ballots – a gloomy new low in Ontario politics since the start of the Canadian confederation in 1867. Beyond this, the McGuinty Liberals, as widely predicted, did win a […]