Archive for March 2011

Would Harper majority government in Canada be like Cameron-Clegg coalition government in UK?

Mar 29th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 3]. There was a time when people interested in politics in at least English-speaking Canada also paid attention to politics in the United Kingdom (which used to be better covered in Canadian newspapers than it is today). And in the back-to-the-future 21st century age of Stephen Harper there are a few reasons why […]

There is an alternative to a Harper majority and it isn’t a “coalition” (or yet another Harper minority)

Mar 27th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

This morning John Ibbitson wrote on the Globe and Mail website: “Stephen Harper continues to insist that if he doesn’t obtain a majority government, a coalition will replace him. ‘Nobody is going to be fooled,’ he declared Saturday. But in fact he is the one who is trying to fool us.” A few hours later […]

Canadian federal election 2011 is its own economic action plan!

Mar 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Key Current Issues

[UPDATED MARCH 30, APRIL 5, 8, 11, 13, 22, MAY 1, 3]. There now appears no escape from the spring election “skillfully brought on by Mr. Harper” (despite his seven-year-old protests otherwise). For the tedious technical details, see, eg: “Harper government set to fall Friday, setting stage for vote in early May” and “Harper government […]

Is there any hope for a PM Ignatieff “supported either formally or informally by the NDP”?

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

According to the Postmedia News report in the Vancouver Sun: “Election on the way … budget rejected by opposition … The Harper government is refusing to consider any amendments to its federal budget, which was rejected by all three opposition parties Tuesday, setting the stage for a spring election.” (Or, as Mark Kennedy observed in […]

Will Jack Layton’s New Democrats really back Harper Government budget and stop spring election? (apparently not)

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 22,  30]. A piece in the Vancouver Sun (and other Postmedia News outlets) that began March 21 under the headline “Report finds Tories in contempt of Parliament” ended the same day under the quite different “As Harper government faces dissolution, Layton holds most of the cards.” And it was almost entirely re-written to […]

This is the week that will be .. night thoughts in the last calm before the 2011 Canadian federal election storm?

Mar 20th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 21, 22, 25]. At the edge of what promises to be one of the most dramatic weeks in recent Canadian political history (in both official languages), I am surprised that two excellent Globe and Mail pundits are still raising doubts about the need for the Canadian federal election almost everyone else seems to […]

A pretty girl is like a melody .. has Canadian election of 2011 finally arrived on back of first ever contempt of Parliament censure?

Mar 18th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MARCH 21, 1 PM ET, MARCH 22, 9 AM ET, MARCH 23, 25, 30]. Well, well, well  … it now seems all but official. According to CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife : “We’re into an election period without a doubt and it’ll probably be for May 2nd.” According to another source (Maclean’s, copying […]

RIP Larry Zolf, 1934—2011 ..

Mar 17th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

As best as I can make out, I did not agree with quite a few of Larry Zolf’s opinions about Canadian public life. (The two examples that come most immediately to mind are his residual sympathies for the British monarchy in Canada and Barbara Amiel’s husband, Conrad Black.) He was, however, the kind of journalist […]

Does anyone really believe PM Harper Government doesn’t want a spring election … etc, etc, etc?

Mar 16th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

As Stephen Harper and his party acolytes traipse across the country delivering pre-election goodies to worthy causes and places (see, eg: “PM announces support for Jean-Lesage International Airport,” “Ottawa provides $10 million for health network and hospital planning in Vaughan,” and “PM renews anti-gang funds … Will get $37.5M over five years”), he is also […]

Ancient destruction of Atlantis and tragic disaster in Japan today

Mar 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Countries of the World

It is altogether an accident that the “the unfolding tragedy in Japan” is happening alongside reports on yet another theory about the “great civilization destroyed by floodwaters following a massive undersea earthquake,” as described in Plato’s 2400-year-old story of the lost world of Atlantis (which purports to recount events that took place 9000 years earlier […]