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Ontario election 2018, VI : Donald Trump clone inevitable after all north of North American Great Lakes

Jun 8th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JUNE 10]. At somewhere around 3:00 AM the morning after, with 99.89 % of all polls reporting, the Doug Ford PCs have 76 seats (61.29% of the total) with 40.49% of the province-wide popular vote. Andrea Horwath’s NDP has 40 seats with 33.57% of the popular vote. Kathleen Wynne’s former governing Liberals have 7 [...]



Ontario election 2018, V : Is it really “more volatile than the polls suggest”?

Jun 7th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

If you altogether accept the polls as the best guide to what will happen in Ontario election 2018, it seems clear enough that the Ford Nation Progressive Conservatives will indeed win a majority government at Queen’s Park on June 7. There are 124 seats in the Ontario legislature now, making 63 the minimum for a [...]



Ontario election 2018, IV : Could unlikely Liberal blip at the end lead to bold experiment in challenging times?

Jun 3rd, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

OLD STREETCAR SUBURBS. SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny afternoon. At one point the sound of birds in the yard reminded me the world will still be beautiful, no matter what happens in the Ontario election on Thursday, June 7. And the announcement on TV  — in which an “emotional Kathleen Wynne [...]



Ontario election 2018, III : Maybe it’s NOT turning into the Con vs. NDP struggle Stephen Harper dreamed of ????

May 25th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

UPDATE MAY 28, 12:30 AM ET —  INITIAL REACTION TO ONTARIO ELECTION, SUNDAY LEADERS’ DEBATE : Whatever else, on this kind of subject Twitter cuts closer to the bone (and thus more intriguingly) than the much-abused mainstream media. Everyone has their own tastes and convictions. Two tweets from justly eminent conservative journalist John Ibbitson — [...]



Ontario election 2018, II : Is it turning into the Conservatives vs. New Democrats struggle Stephen Harper dreamed of ????

May 24th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON., MAY 24.  [UPDATED 1 PM ET]. According to CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier’s latest calculations, the rounded-off polling averages for Ontario election 2018 are now Ford Nation PCs 37%, Andrea Horwath New Democrats 36%, and Kathleen Wynne Liberals 21%. M. Grenier explains the future between now and the June 7 election day with [...]



Ontario election 2018, I : On the apparent inevitability of the Donald Trump clone north of the North American Great Lakes

May 13th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED MAY 19]. I will still be voting for Kathleen Wynne in the Ontario election this coming Thursday, June 7, 2018.  (Or more exactly, for those less familiar with the system up here in We The North, I will be voting for her Liberal party candidate in the electoral district where I reside, on the [...]



Toronto van killings : strong city that ignores painful truths joins real global village at last

May 2nd, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

It was strange being in the USA (well, California at any rate) when a 25-year old man from Richmond Hill was reported to have deliberately driven a rented van along the sidewalk on north Yonge Street in Toronto, killing eight women and two men, and injuring another 16. At least the TV we were watching [...]



Is Stormy Daniels on the edge of a political career at last?

Mar 24th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: USA Today

Some time ago (and along with others no doubt) I began to ponder the possibility that in order to defeat Donald Trump and his wrong side of history, democracy in America has to come up with someone who is both as crazy and yet strangely talented as he is. After I saw an especially good [...]



On the “speculative play King Charles III” in Toronto .. and the future of the British monarchy in Canada

Feb 13th, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: Canadian Republic

As an altogether confirmed Canadian republican (not at all the same as an American Republican of course, especially today), I ordinarily do my best to ignore the British monarchy. But two contemporary media events have slightly increased my interest in the subject. The first is Harry Windsor’s forthcoming marriage to the mixed-race (and unquestionably hot) [...]



“And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north” : Democracy in US & Canada 2018

Jan 21st, 2018 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I.  LIVING NEXT DOOR TO INCREASINGLY JUST PLAIN CRAZY ELEPHANT [UPDATED JAN 23]. Is anyone surprised that there is a US federal government “shutdown” on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s first year in office? If you actually are interested, try : “On Trump’s First Anniversary, a Government Shutdown” by John Cassidy in The New Yorker [...]