Archive for January 2011

How much longer can 40th Parliament of Canada live on?

Jan 31st, 2011 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The obvious big question about the 40th Parliament of Canada that resumes today in Ottawa is how much longer it will last. John Ibbitson has reported “Corporate tax cuts may bring down government.” He cites in particular the opinions of “NDP finance critic Tom Mulcair” (who “told CTV Question Period Sunday that it was ‘highly [...]



What about job-creating tax cuts for jobs that are actually created?

Jan 28th, 2011 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JANUARY 31]. Given all the growing turmoil and fixed-date electioneering in Canada’s provinces this year, Chantal Hébert has just suggested: “It may after all be the perfect time to get a federal election over with.” And then just yesterday we heard as well that “Tory tax cuts could trigger election,” and (the day before): [...]



Two ladies’ choices .. Janice Kennedy and Margaret Wente on hard truths about Canada today

Jan 26th, 2011 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Like other boomer generation men (close enough for jazz at any rate), I sometimes think it has become a women’s world nowadays. And I’m not entirely certain that’s an altogether good thing. Two different newspaper columns by two Central Canadian women, published yesterday and today (tomorrow of course must for the time being remain unknown), [...]



Per capita party subsidy issue not as good for Cons as PM Harper thinks?

Jan 25th, 2011 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Yesterday, in a piece headed “Harper’s talent for turning,” John Geddes at Macleans.ca opined: “Anyone can look good when they’re right. More formidable is the ability to look strong when events have proven you wrong.” This seems to me nicely written, but untrue. Or, at the very least, looking strong, like beauty, must be in [...]



Waiting for Keith Olbermann’s new Huffington Post style media empire?

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I just want to (more or less) quickly  express my deep regret at the disappearance of Keith Olbermann and his path-breaking “Countdown” show on MSNBC — announced quite suddenly and unexpectedly Friday night in the penultimate moments of what will apparently be the last installment of one of the few genuinely interesting political programs on [...]



Could emerging new political Iggy be closer to holy grail than we think?

Jan 20th, 2011 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

This coming Sunday, January 23 will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2006 Canadian federal election that first brought the Harper Conservative minority government to office. And Mr. Harper himself apparently thinks there is a “50-50 chance of election this year” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, as they used to say on Monty Python). If there [...]



Why John A. Macdonald can never be Canada’s George Washington

Jan 17th, 2011 | By Randall White | Category: Ottawa Scene

This past Tuesday, January 11, was John A. Macdonald’s birthday (and, intriguingly enough, also Jean Chrétien’s). Macdonald, in case you’ve forgotten (as almost half those Canadians consulted in a 2001 survey had) was the first prime minister of the present confederation in Canada — and remains “the only Canadian Prime Minister to win six majority [...]



Powney suddenly confesses in Bruce Peninsula murder .. life in prison “with no chance of parole for 10 years”!

Jan 13th, 2011 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

We reported just this past Sunday that the trial of Allan Wayne Powney for the murder of Dr. Henry Janssen, in Ontario’s idyllic Bruce Peninsula community of Jackson’s Cove, just after 9 PM on January 22, 2008, was at long last about to get under way, with jury selection this past Monday.  It was expected [...]



What’s going on with the Canadian economy (does anyone really know)?

Jan 11th, 2011 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Key Current Issues

It is probably quite politically clever that “Conservative MPs will soon be asking their constituents for advice on what to do about the economy … Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent a letter to the Tory caucus asking each MP to proactively seek out ideas on the next phase of the government’s economic action plan.” [...]



Mysterious Bruce Peninsula murder trial begins at last

Jan 9th, 2011 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Almost three years have passed since L. Frank Bunting first posted his provocative “MURDER ON THE BRUCE PENINSULA .. something going on we don’t know about?” (January 31, 2008).  And it has been more than a year and a half since we counterweights editors added our own update, “Murder on the Bruce Peninsula revisited … [...]