Archive for February 2010

At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics: are Canadians “more like Texans” at last?

Feb 25th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

BUCKHORN, ONTARIO. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010. Now that “Canada owns the rink with mauling of Russia,” the anglophone hardhats up here on the fluted edge of the Canadian Shield are relaxing a bit. At Pete’s Lunch by the locks this morning, it was also pointed out that we now have seven gold medals – just […]

Does the March 6 referendum in Iceland have anything at all to do with democracy in Canada?

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

In the midst of all the deep excitement about the Vancouver Olympics 2010, who cares about the fate of some obscure arrangements for dealing with an obscure branch of the global financial crisis of fall 2008, in the upcoming March 6, 2010 referendum in the very small if also rather ancient northern nation of Iceland? […]

March 6 referendum in Iceland: one model for democratizing governor general in Canada

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Three days after the prorogued federal Parliament returns to work in Canada, the people of Iceland will be voting in an unusual referendum. It has been called, in effect, by the ceremonial head of state, who has doubts about recent controversial actions by the Icelandic parliament and prime minister. Here in Canada, the Iceland example […]

Why does a Canada “ready to stand on guard for itself” still need to be propped up by the British monarchy?

Feb 19th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

One of the almost sensible parts of the rather bizarre 10-and-a-half-page nationalist poem that Prime Minister Stephen Harper recited before the BC legislature last Wednesday [February 10, in case you’ve already forgotten] appeared close to the end: “So let us hold our flag high/ … Let it be a cheerful/red and white reminder/of a quiet […]

Happy Louis Riel Day 2010 .. that’s what it should be called everywhere in Canada, coast to coast to coast

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010. Today – the third Monday in February – is a statutory holiday in five Canadian provinces. It’s called Family Day in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; Islanders Day in Prince Edward Island; and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Louis Riel, in case you’ve forgotten, was a Canadian  Métis (ie mixed […]

Olympic daydreams from beautiful BC .. Michael Byers’ cease-fire proposal could still make Stephen Harper toast

Feb 14th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

So … it could be that minority Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s late winter 2010 Con game is working at last. The death of the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was tragic. And the failure of the fourth indoor torch arm to rise was vaguely unfortunate. But otherwise the official opening of the Vancouver Winter Olympics was […]

So how is Dalton McGuinty doing now (and does he even know about the latest Senate reform poll in Ontario)?

Feb 9th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

For those who may actually be interested, our resident Ontario historian Randall White has now unburdened himself on the Toronto Centre by-election in Ontario politics last week. He also offers some hard and soft information on the March 4 Ontario provincial by-elections, in Leeds-Grenville and Ottawa West-Nepean. CLICK HERE for the complete article, or see […]

Ottawa West-Nepean on March 4 could finally tell whether Dalton McGuinty is in real trouble?

Feb 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

[UPDATED MARCH 5]. Late last year I wrote that “the Angus Reid approval and disapproval ratings for late November 2009 have at last convinced me that the McGuinty Liberal regime in Ontario today could be in more longer-term trouble than I have thought so far.” And I noted that the Toronto Centre by-election, February 4, […]

Is the end of the age of crazy tax cuts at hand?

Feb 7th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Who just said: “I think the lesson of the last 25 years is that it doesn’t work …  Taxes are going to have to be raised. … The Republicans think their mission in life is to cut taxes. Sorry … game over. We’re now in the tax-raising business. And we’re going to be in the […]

Why no one in Calgary today is taking off clothes for a provincially equal Senate

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

More than 60 years ago Harold Innis, the almost-great Canadian historian (or economist, or economic historian, or communications theorist who inspired Marshall McLuhan, etc, etc), lamented the “futility of political discussion in Canada.” And it is sobering to think that in this respect at least not much has changed since the late 1940s. Take, for […]