Archive for April 2014

What if the UK reforms the House of Lords before we finally get serious about the Senate in Canada?

Apr 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Key Current Issues

The April 25, 2014 Supreme Court of Canada response to the Harper government’s queries on Senate reform includes some poignant passages. This is one of them: “The Constitution Act, 1867 contemplates a specific structure for the federal Parliament, ‘similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom’ … The Act creates both a lower elected [...]



Ontario election, Senate reform in court, Canada’s middle class, Ron MacLean, & the Keystone Pipeline Blues

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

So much is going on north of the Great Lakes these days that it’s hard to focus on any one thing.  So here are quick notes on five things animating the late-afternoon water-cooler debates among we counterweights editors on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 : (1) On Monday Susanna Kelley, empress of the excellent ontarionewswatch.com, posted [...]



Kathleen’s first big moment of truth in Ontario may (or may not) arrive in May (or more exactly June?)

Apr 17th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

One of Canada’s leading go-to guys on political opinion polls, Éric Grenier, posted some intriguing Ontario politics notes last Saturday — under the headline “Tim Hudak And Ontario PCs’ Polling May Be On The Rise (Maybe).” Grenier pointed out that : “A survey conducted by EKOS Research for iPolitics between March 27 and April 3 [...]



The new Liberal majority in Quebec — will Philippe Couillard (and the rest of us) hear the deeper message????

Apr 8th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

No partisan of the Canadian future can fail to admire the practical political judgment of the people of Quebec in their April 7, 2014 provincial election, for seats in the Assemblée nationale in Quebec City. Strictly in terms of seats the current results, just after midnight on the Globe and Mail site, are :  LIBERAL [...]



Blue Jays 2014 .. a little luck and hope may not be such a bad thing

Apr 5th, 2014 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

After an agonizing summer of 2013, and a long winter that brought about loss, the coming of spring is a welcome respite, and with it baseball. A disappointing 2013 season was made to hurt even more watching former Blue Jays skipper, and current Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, hoist the World Championship trophy on [...]