Archive for May 2010

More news on coalition blues .. a PM Layton could win (with Quebec spin)?

May 31st, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 22, MAY 3, 2011]. In today’s Globe and Mail Brian Mulroney’s former chief of staff Norman Spector reports on an intriguing new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll, originally published in slightly more depth in today’s La Presse in Montreal. Among other things “the poll … asked Canadians how they would vote if the [...]



Good morning daddy / u heard the news / it’s another Canadian rumble / of the coalition blues?

May 29th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The latest polls on Canadian federal politics clearly show the Harper Conservatives with the single largest share of the Canada-wide vote. (See, eg: Harris-Decima, May 18 ;  EKOS, May 20 ; Harris-Decima, May 27 ; EKOS, May 27.) In all these same polls, however, the Harper Conservatives have a smaller share of the vote than [...]



The double tragedy of Darcy Allan Sheppard .. and Michael Bryant, LLB

May 25th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Late last summer former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant was driving home in his open convertible, on Bloor Street in Toronto, after celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife. All of a sudden he found himself in a tragic encounter with Darcy Allan Sheppard, a bicycle rider whose “blood alcohol level was … more than [...]



Happy May 24 birthday Victoria Beckham .. or journée nationale des patriotes in Quebec

May 23rd, 2010 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I am not sure just what to think about Victoria Day — or May Two-Four or the May-long, etc  — in the year 2010. It does remain officially, I suppose, a celebration of the birthday of the so-called Queen of Canada (at least outside predominantly French-speaking Quebec). And in this respect it still reminds me [...]



Is this the kind of appointment a minority prime minister should make to the unreformed Senate of Canada?

May 22nd, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Jane Taber reports that “Conservatives are vigorously defending the appointment  of CFL tycoon David Braley to the Senate against Liberal suggestions he basically bought his way into the Red Chamber through thousands of dollars of donations to Stephen Harper.” (Or, as The News from Pictou County, Nova Scotia has explained: “Braley, a businessman from Hamilton, [...]



What is going on in Thailand anyway?

May 20th, 2010 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

“When the demonstrations began in Bangkok in March,” a New York Times report tells us, “the protesters’ central demand was that the government step down, but the movement has splintered and the ultimate aims have become unclear.” You don’t have to spend too much time on the deeper background to the current troubles in Thailand [...]



Who’s afraid of Pauline Marois : or why does Québec still have more people who call themselves Canadian than any other province in Canada?

May 18th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

In Drummondville, Québec over the past weekend “Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois … drew a parallel between her party’s goal of making Québec a sovereign country and the Montréal Canadiens’ quest for the Stanley Cup. ‘The whole nation is vibrating in tune with a team of players who were called too small, not talented enough, [...]



Afghan documents deal: Ibbitson, Dobbin, and democratic reform

May 17th, 2010 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It is no surprise that what you make of the deal on Afghan detainee documents finally cooked up by MPs from all four federal political parties in Canada (at the last minute, this past Friday) depends on who you are and where you sit … According to John Ibbitson at the Globe and Mail — [...]



Hockey and politics may still be what keeps Canada alive?

May 13th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Le Devoir may have said it best, in Canada’s other official language: “Qui l’eût cru? … Le Canadien achève les Penguins, une première demi-finale depuis 1993.”  In any event, it used to be said that hockey and politics are what keeps Canada going. And the sudden surprise of Montreal’s cinderella tail end of yet another [...]



What does historic British election and new coalition mean for Canada in 2010?

May 11th, 2010 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

One hundred years ago today, more or less, was apparently also a historic time in the United Kingdom. On May 6, 1910 (100 years from the date of the British election last week) George V had  become King on the death of his father, Edward VII. Meanwhile an election that took place from 15 January [...]