Archive for October 2009

Conservatives, liberals, and US health care bill .. may have implications in Canada too

Oct 30th, 2009 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Comments from two vastly different commentators on “conservatives” and “liberals” in the USA shed light on why President Obama is so cautious about the emerging health care bill in Washington (and, with some far northern twists, maybe on the strange Canadian dance of Conservatives and Liberals in Ottawa today as well). First is progressive journalist [...]



Finally Canadians are starting to grasp the meaning of Pierre Elliott Trudeau …

Oct 27th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The second volume of John English’s biography of Pierre Trudeau — Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1968–2000— hits the bookstores today. All of us who enjoyed the first volume — Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919–1968 — will want to read the new book, which deals [...]



Where is Dalton McGuinty driving Ontario?

Oct 24th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

On Thursday, October 22 Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan officially informed the provincial legislature that Canada’s most populous province will be running a deficit of some $24.7 billion for the current 2009-2010 fiscal year. It has been noted that “while high by historic standards” this provincial Liberal number “is roughly proportional to Conservative Ottawa’s $55 [...]



“The people of Ontario have never been spoiled by too much perfection in government”

Oct 24th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

The news that the Ontario provincial government will now be running a deficit of some $24.7 billion for the current 2009-2010 fiscal year has induced much hyperbolic, knee-jerk hand-wringing among certain observers, who rely more on ideology than on the tedious task of reading the actual public documents, with all their mind-numbing numbers and hard-to-digest [...]



Is end of Canadian Liberals’ long ride as natural governing party at hand, at last?

Oct 21st, 2009 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 22]. Yesterday Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff told reporters that “we won’t support the government but, at the same time, we won’t try to defeat the government each time” the opportunity arises either. Or, the “Liberals will have at least three more opposition days before Christmas but … they won’t use those days to [...]



Manitoba New Democrat convention: even in Canada the socialism that’s winning is conservative

Oct 18th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Manitoba New Democratic Party leadership conventions are not always as poignant as the one that took up the better part of a Saturday afternoon on CBC Newsworld yesterday. But in this case Canada’s alleged social democratic party was also choosing a provincial premier — to replace the retiring Gary Doer, who is going to Washington [...]



How things have changed with Canada, UK, and USA today

Oct 16th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 22]. Charles and Camilla will arrive in Canada just two weeks this coming Monday. Even if you don’t think the British monarchy has any long future in 21st century Canada (and I share this opinion myself with what recent opinion polls report as a growing majority of Canadians), the visit of the Prince [...]



The Prime Minister and the Governor General 2009: not exactly a love story

Oct 13th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

One of the more intriguing sidebars to current Canadian federal politics is the relationship between Conservative minority Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General Michaelle Jean, who was (rather brilliantly, some say) appointed by Liberal minority Prime Minister Paul Martin, not too long before he was turfed from office, by a gang of conservatives, socialists, [...]



Will the real Canadian head of state stand up?

Oct 13th, 2009 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

Just last week, on October 5, 2009, the Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, gave a speech to a United Nations cultural group in Paris, in which she called herself — and not just once but twice — the Canadian “head of state.” This soon enough brought a surge of protest from the diminishing forces [...]



What is to be done with Ontario health ministry elephant in the room now?

Oct 8th, 2009 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Inevitably, the opposition parties at Queen’s Park are salivating over the auditor general’s special report on “Ontario’s Electronic Health Records Initiative,” released yesterday. And the report has already prompted the resignation of health minister David Caplan, and a slight cabinet shuffle. Yet initial reactions from opposition politicians do little to suggest that they seriously understand [...]