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On Biden-Harris victory at last : some gains for American democracy ; some new lessons to figure out

Nov 8th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS, TORONTO, NOV 8, 2020, 2 AM ET : As with so many others our first reaction was just relief. At least some big enough part of what you wanted to happen was probably going to happen. But until it was confirmed … Most of our fellow workers, friends, and neighbours, in this North […]



NOV 6 : Biden closer to winning ; Banon, Graham, and Trump closer to crazy! (And Kayleigh McEnany will always be …)

Nov 4th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED NOV 4, 10:30 AM ET ; NOV 6, 3 AM, 12 NOON : COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS’ NOTES : 3 NOV 20, 11:40 PM ET : Just under an hour ago David Coletto at Abacus Data tweeted : “We won’t know what the outcome is tonight. Feels like it’s best to go to bed, try to […]



If BC NDP can win a stable majority government to manage COVID-19,what about the Liberals in Ottawa?

Oct 25th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED OCT 26. FROM THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS. TORONTO, OCT 25, 12:15 AM ET ; OCT 24, 9:15 PM PT : Surprise, surprise (not, of course). Despite the large volume of mail-in votes that will only be counted “a couple of weeks later,” both CBC and CTV have now projected an NDP majority government in today’s […]



So … no snap federal election in Canada this fall (Trudeau & Singh 2020–?? like Trudeau & Lewis, 1972–74??)

Sep 26th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE DESKTOPS OF THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020, 4:00 PM ET : We have to confess that some of us actually fell vaguely asleep trying to watch the much-anticipated Trudeau Liberal throne speech, on TV this past Wednesday afternoon. The close-to-an-hour presentation by Governor General Julie Payette in alternating French […]



Premier Higgs gets majority in New Brunswick election (while BC Premier Horgan and PM Trudeau are watching?)

Sep 15th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED SEP 21 RE BC ELECTION CALL : Premier Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative leader in New Brunswick, called Canada’s “first election during the COVID-19 pandemic,” after the province’s opposition Liberals declined to support a plan that would have allowed his minority government to “stay in power until October 2022 or the end of the pandemic.” […]



Waiting for the Canadian federal Throne Speech on September 23 (which may or may not lead to an election this fall??)

Sep 7th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

QUIKNOTES FROM THE DESKTOP(S) OF THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS. SAT/SUN/MON, SEP 5/6/7, 2020. Canadian federal politics — at least trying to compete for attention with the serious world-historical circus next door — is now tilted toward the Trudeau Liberals’ “better-life-in-the-new-future” Throne Speech on September 23, 2020. Meanwhile there is a new Conservative leader, who is at […]



Morneau resigns .. Freeland new finance minister .. Parliament prorogued until Sep 23 .. Canada outside Ottawa still on holiday

Aug 18th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 21]. COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS’ CURRENT ISSUES NOTE. TORONTO, ON. AUGUST 18, 2020. 11 PM ET. Like others, it seems, we were somewhat surprised by Bill Morneau’s resignation as Canadian federal finance minister last night. There had been reports that Mr. Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau were having disagreements about the future of public finance […]



WE Charity—why such fuss about what won’t happen? Try fixing the Mounties instead? No, it’s back to Crazy Town—to prove Canada’s just as bad as USA!

Jul 18th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED JULY 24, 2020. (Click on “Read the rest of this page” and/or scroll down to “BACK TO CRAZY TOWN CANADA” below). CW EDITORS : The real “embarrassment” in parliamentary ethics committee calls for such things as receipts from Trudeau family WE charity speeches ultimately focuses on far too many of the 338 elected members […]



Admiring The Tyee’s quest to “Consider Changing the Name of British Columbia” in the wilds of central Canada

Jun 24th, 2020 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

CW EDITORS : According to CTV News this past Monday : “Pandemic has provided chance to reshape Canada’s future, PM says.” At somewhat greater length Justin Trudeau urged : “If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity to figure out what really matters in our […]



Now that summer’s here 2020 — Canada and China, Wente and Trotz, sort-of better-behaved Canadian politicians, Dylan’s new “Rough and Rowdy Ways”

Jun 20th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

CW EDITORS : GETTING SUBTLY MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH CHINA IN TRUE NORTH Along with the disturbing case of “the two Michaels,” headlines like “New nationwide polling conducted for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute reveals that 4-in-5 Canadians believe Ottawa must speak up about China’s human rights abuses” are telling us that it is time for even the […]