Archive for September 2009

Can Jack Layton stop the fall election train in Canada .. maybe not?

Sep 12th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. 11:00 PM ET. [UPDATED SEPTEMBER 13, 18;  and AUGUST 24, 2011]. Jack Layton has been proud that his New Democrats have so far not “propped up” the Stephen Harper Conservative minority government. He’s been contemptuous of the Liberals for carrying this can when no one else would. But on some readings he […]



Canada’s Conservative minority government could fall as early as Friday, September 18?

Sep 12th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 18, 2011]. According to Jennifer Ditchburn, just after dinner (in Ottawa at least) last night: “A critical vote that could bring down the minority Conservative government has been tentatively scheduled for next Friday, sources tell The Canadian Press … Conservative sources say the motion is likely to be introduced on Sept. 18, and […]



We may have almost forgotten the principles of our parliamentary democracy, but they’re ruling us anyway

Sep 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

In the midst of all the current Canadian electoral hyperbole, I was disappointed to hear that “Ignatieff rules out coalition with NDP, Bloc.” If  Canadians are now facing a federal “election that seems increasingly inevitable,” the opinion polls at the moment suggest we are likely enough to elect yet another minority government. And a recent […]



Canadian federal election update : September 11

Sep 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

It is still not altogether clear that there will actually be a Canadian federal election this fall. But two contradictory trends have developed over the past few days, as all who are still interested await the return of Parliament on Monday, September 14. First, among those closest to the ground in Ottawa there appears to […]



President Obama has not lost his mojo

Sep 10th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

This past Sunday some of us in central Canada were reading about “How Barack Obama lost his mojo.” Listening to his Address to a Joint Session of Congress on Health Care in Washington last night, it was hard to believe that the mojo had ever been misplaced. Senator Barbara Boxer told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC […]



Will there be a Canadian federal election this fall .. even if the Liberals are already down in the polls?

Sep 8th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11]. Dr. L. Frank Bunting has finally completed his (as it happens very) in-depth look at the inevitably complex question of whether or not there will or even should be yet another Canadian federal election this fall. For his full report CLICK HERE. For a preview of the three most recent — and […]



Waiting for the next Canadian federal election

Sep 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

On the Calgary Herald website there is a photograph of “Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a news conference in Calgary Sept. 1, 2009” — just after Michael Ignatieff announced “Liberals will vote against government.” And it is at least arguable that the prime minister looks a little like a cat who has just swallowed the […]



Yukio Hatoyama’s new worries about US overseas military bases could be doing Washington a big favour

Sep 5th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

Japan still has the second largest national economy in the world today, measured in US dollars. (The 15 largest are, in descending order: United States, Japan, China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Russian Federation, Spain, Canada, India, Mexico, Australia, and South Korea.) So it is perhaps not surprising that after the United States voted […]



More Ontario lottery scandal (?) .. and federal Liberals are going to do what?

Sep 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

The accident-prone Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (or just OLG to its friends) has been causing the Liberal government of Canada’s most populous province further grief. And now some heads have rolled. Our resident Ontario historian, Randall White, has prepared a full if inevitably still quick and dirty report on the deeper background. See the […]



What’s going on at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation?

Sep 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 4.] Yesterday Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan announced at a press conference that he had accepted the resignations of the entire board of directors of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. A new interim board of senior public servants has been appointed. And it has dismissed the OLG chief executive officer Kelly McDougald […]