Archive for November 2011

Two cheers for Mackenzie King (and Lawrence Martin .. and the unsung Canadian political tradition etc)

Nov 8th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

We need to be experimenting more these days, throughout the global village it seems. We can’t do anything of consequence about that ourselves, no doubt. (And look what has happened lately to Yes We Can among the broader community of Yankees to the south of us, who must south of us remain.) But we can […]

Happy birthday Harold Innis, on the day after the night of the Canadian constitutional long knives, 1981

Nov 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

The 30th anniversary of the day after the Canadian Night of the Long Knives – when “on November 5th, 1981, a radiant Trudeau announced the deal that had been reached with the nine provinces” and a “fuming Lévesque looked on” – has already been commemorated, at various places on and off the world wide web. […]

Why even Bert Brown’s new “Triple E” Senate reform plan for Canada still won’t work ..

Nov 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

It says a lot about the ongoing problems of Senate reform in Canada that the main source for news on the latest wrinkle in Bert Brown’s “Triple E” Senate concept is the Edmonton Journal. (And what we’re talking about here, I should make clear, is not PM Harper’s two “step by step” and non-constitutional reform […]

At least Bank of Canada governor Carney said something sensible about Greek referendum proposal

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATE NOV 3, 12 NOON ET: There are now reports that Prime Minister Papandreou will be dropping plans for a referendum on the Greek financial bailout, in response to domestic political pressures. I’ll comment further when this prospect becomes clearer. Meanwhile, I can only say that it does nothing to change my admiration for the […]