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If we can have pandemic elections in New Brunswick, BC, and Saskatchewan, why not in Canada too?

Oct 21st, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

UPDATED 4 PM ET, OCT 21 ; 2, 9 PM ET, OCT 22. RANDALL WHITE, TORONTO. TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING, OCTOBER 21, 2020 : This Wednesday, October 21, 2020 marks the one-year anniversary of the October 21, 2019 Canadian federal election that gave us the perhaps not-stable-enough configuration of political forces that prevails in […]



RIP John Turner, Canadian democratic politician of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s

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

RANDALL WHITE, TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 : John Napier Turner (June 7, 1929 – September 18, 2020) sat in the Canadian House of Commons for the Montreal electoral district of St. Lawrence-St.George, 1962–1968, for Ottawa-Carleton, 1968–1976, and finally for Vancouver-Quadra, 1984–1993. He served as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in Lester Pearson’s Liberal cabinet, […]



The latest Governor General controversy — have we already had our conservative revolution in Canada?

Aug 11th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

TELEGRAM FROM RANDALL WHITE. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. It is no doubt only to be expected that strange things will happen during such historical eras as the COVID-19 global pandemic — in public as well as private life. That any rate strikes me as the most sensible context in which to view the summer 2020 controversy over […]



Greater % in Quebec proud to be Canadian than Americans are proud to be American (to say nothing of Alberta)!

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

RANDALL WHITE : In all this early summer 2020 heat and coronavirus worry, I am struggling in spare moments with my Long Journey to a Canadian Republic chapter on the Chrétien (and then Martin) years in Ottawa (1993–2006) — with special reference to the almost big surprise of the second Quebec sovereignty referendum on October […]



Happy Canada Day 2020 : Is a fake-news monarchy really the “future we want to build together” after COVID-19 ??

Jun 30th, 2020 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

CANADA DAY, JULY 1, 2020. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. RANDALL WHITE : As quite recently noted by the counterweights editors, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged that the COVID-19 pandemic has given us a “chance to reshape Canada’s future.” In the prime minister’s own words, the coronavirus “has been an unprecedented challenge.” But it “has also been […]



George Floyd : at least some beginning of the end of the dream deferred may now be in sight (VOTE on November 3)??

Jun 4th, 2020 | By | Category: USA Today

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MAY 31, 2020. 2:00 AM ET. RANDALL WHITE : I don’t yet know quite what to make of the protests against the Minneapolis police role in the tragic death of George Floyd (and much else) that have dominated cities across the USA for the past few days. (The parallel actions where I live […]



Dual citizens of Canada have as much right to become prime minister as any other kind of Canadian citizen

May 22nd, 2020 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

Before the issue vanishes altogether from the daily news I just want to quickly unburden myself of my quite certain and crystal clear views on dual citizenship and full-bore participation in Canadian democratic politics. My media texts are “Scheer didn’t follow through on renouncing US citizenship” by Rachel Aiello on the CTV News site (May […]



Are the natives really getting restless about COVID-19 restrictions in the United States (and Canada too)?

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

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020.According to an editorial this past Friday in the Toronto Globe and Mail (Canada’s self-declared “national newspaper” in days gone by) : “We are now through our fifth week of business and school closings, self-isolation at home, and physical distancing when we venture outdoors.” South of the non-militarized but still […]



“Let us go forward together. The struggle continues” — maybe Bernie has done the right thing at last?

Apr 10th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED APRIL 11, 14]. The news that Bernie Sanders has gracefully conceded to Joe Biden in the US Democratic presidential race, while still working hard to keep faith with his “revolutionary” progressive movement, would be welcome just for bringing something fresh to the relentless (albeit important) current media focus on COVID-19. Beyond this far from […]



How serious are different political moods on COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the United States?

Mar 28th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

Andrew Cohen’s “Why Canada’s response to COVID-19 is so different from that of the US,” from the Ottawa Citizen this past week, won applause from many Canadians. Zach Carter’s “Coronavirus Is A Defining Test And American Government Is Failing It … It’s not just Trump. Our politics are unfit for this calamity,” from Huffington Post, […]