Archive for June 2010

No merger (yet?) but .. you only really “win” an election in Canada when you get a majority in Parliament

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

So the sudden rumour Warren Kinsella apparently started yesterday  — that “serious people are involved in discussions at a serious level” about a Liberal-NDP merger — has now been officially squelched by both Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and New Democrat leader Jack Layton.  We are, it would seem, back to Ignatieff’s “coalition if necessary but […]



American politics as a perpetual election .. or Super Duper Tuesday 2010 : a view from the northern lights

Jun 8th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

“The radio crosses boundaries which stopped the press,” the near-great Canadian economic historian Harold Innis declared in the late 1930s, in a talk on “Canadian-American Relations” at the University of Maine. Television just stiffened the trend, starting in the 1950s. And now the Age of the Internet, starting in the 1990s, is crossing boundaries all […]



“Coalition if necessary but not necessarily coalition” : Iggy says something sensible at last ..

Jun 6th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Personally, I have always liked Michael Byers’s Liberal-NDP cease-fire proposal. But politics is the art of the possible. In Canada today the Liberals and the New Democrats are just not ready for even this limited form of vague alignment — and certainly not before the next federal election takes place, whenever that may be. In […]



How good a job has André Marin really done as Ontario ombudsman?

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

It is a little late to do any good. But today’s Toronto Star article on how “André Marin left dysfunction and discontent as military ombud” has made me wonder a bit more about a question I’ve pondered a few times over the past month or so. Just how good a job has Mr. Marin really […]