Archive for May 2009

Passport please .. does it matter that ex US presidents don`t know new border rules for June 1?

May 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

TORONTO. SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009. [UPDATED MONDAY, JUNE 1]. According to Time magazine, there was a crowd of 5,000 inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre yesterday, listening to former US presidents George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton share their experiences … as commander-in-chief. Meanwhile, only a few hundred protesters gathered outside …. Most of the […]

Some obstacles to democracy in Canada

May 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Pierre Trudeau’s essay “Some Obstacles to Democracy in Quebec” was first published in the old Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science in August 1958 – when Premier Maurice Duplessis was still shouting orders to the Speaker of the Quebec legislative assembly. French Canadians, Trudeau wrote at the time, “must begin to learn democracy from […]

Save the last dance for Manmohan Singh .. democracy in India pulls off a surprise in Obama’s early days

May 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009. Yesterday  Dr. Manmohan Singh, 76, was re-elected parliamentary leader of the Indian National Congress, following the May 16 election results that gave his party more seats in the Indian parliament than anyone expected. Today he was appointed prime minister for a second consecutive term, for which he will be sworn-in on […]

Ruby Dhalla and Ontario politics .. Ontario Budget 2009 .. rise of Andrea Horwath .. sad fate of John Tory

May 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

UPDATED MAY 11, MAY 12. Ontario residents, it is often said, are Canadians first. And nothing illustrates the sometimes bizarre linkages between federal and provincial politics in Canada’s most populous province quite so bizarrely as the demand for the resignation of Ontario provincial Liberal labour minister Peter Fonseca, over his failure to aggressively investigate alleged […]