Archive for September 2015

Are the Mulcair New Democrats doomed already .. or is no one still close to “the big dream of winning it all”??

Sep 29th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Just before the week of September 28–October 4 began, we received a tip from the front lines of the ground war. It suggested the Mulcair New Democrats were about to implode, as the 2015 Canadian federal election draws closer to the day of decision on Monday, October 19. Now that the first day of the [...]



First French language debate .. maybe it really is time for yet another Canadian prime minister from Quebec

Sep 25th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Right now, I have no serious idea about just what impact the French language debate in Montreal last night might have on the Canadian federal election campaign that will end with some hopefully more or less decisive popular vote on Monday, October 19. I can, however, testify with confidence that it has been the one [...]



Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, V .. now new Ekos poll says Conservatives close to “majority government” ??

Sep 24th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It is a sign of something that only two days ago I was writing about how a new Ipsos poll finally had the Trudeau Liberals leading the Canadian federal election race that will end Monday, October 19. But now I am reporting that a new Ekos poll says the Harper Conservatives have surged dramatically ahead [...]



Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, IV .. new Ipsos poll etc : are the Trudeau II Liberals ahead .. at last (maybe)?

Sep 22nd, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Yesterday at 4 PM ET the Global News site posted the latest maybe interesting story about the ongoing Canadian federal election campaign, which now has a little less than four weeks left until voting day, Monday, October 19. The story reported the results of the latest Ipsos poll for Global News : “Liberals pull ahead [...]



On Stephen Harper and “old-stock Canadians”

Sep 19th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Has Stephen Harper’s use of the term “old-stock Canadians” in this past Thursday’s TV debate (just on cpac — how weird is that?) harmed or helped his cause? Mr. Harper himself  has subsequently declared that all he meant by the term was “Canadians who have been the descendants of immigrants for one or more generations” [...]



Citizen X on Canadian election 2015, III .. Globe and Mail debate — are Liberals really left of NDP now??

Sep 18th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. 12:45 AM ET. I agree with all those who say the Globe and Mail debate on the economy from Calgary last night, among Mssrs. Harper, Mulcair, and Trudeau (with Globe editor-in-chief David Walmsley also playing a role) did not exactly move the leading political indicators. Not long before the great contest began [...]



Stephen Harper has lost a friend in Tony Abbott in Australia .. what will it mean for October 19 in Canada?

Sep 15th, 2015 | By Greg Barns | Category: In Brief

REPORT FROM GREG BARNS IN AUSTRALIA. Stephen Harper might feel a little lonelier today.  With the election of Malcolm Turnbull as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister —  after a late night Liberal Party room vote on Monday (September 14, 2015) — Mr Harper loses an ideological soul mate in Tony Abbott, the man Mr Turnbull replaces. From [...]



Barack Obama’s American Ohana .. and the pivot to Asia in the summer of 2015

Sep 13th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: USA Today

Barack Obama’s undoubted status as the first African American president of Democracy in America can obscure his greater depths as one of the most distinctive occupants of the office ever, “without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” Such were my thoughts, at any rate, [...]