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Doug Ford’s mid-2024 shuffle brings “the largest cabinet in Ontario’s history”!!

Jun 17th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, ONTARIO TONITE, TORONTO . TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2024. The somewhat bizarre recent Ontario cabinet shuffle, “shortly after the Ontario Legislature ended for an extended summer break,” might be viewed as proof that Premier Doug Ford really is in some ways quite a lot like Donald Trump in the USA . Whatever else, the […]



Victoria Day 2024 in Canada : Queen Victoria is NOT “the mother of confederation” — and never was

May 24th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024. This past Monday was “Canada’s oldest public holiday.” According to Wikipedia it is “observed on the last Monday preceding May 25 to honour Queen Victoria, who is known as the ‘Mother of Confederation’. The holiday has existed in Canada since at least 1845, originally on […]



UK election I : could big Labour Party win on 4th of July US national holiday have any impact on November 5, 2024 election south of Canadian border??

May 22nd, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024. Am I the only human being to notice that PM Rishi Sunak has just called a UK general election for the time-honoured 4th of July US federal holiday — celebrating the Declaration of Independence from the UK on July 4, 1776? The […]



Two by-elections change absolutely nothing in Ontario politics … maybe?

May 6th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

ONTARIO NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024. Two Ontario by-elections this past Thursday, May 2, 2024 (“special elections” in US parlance) changed absolutely nothing in Ontario provincial politics. Yet various observers seem to suggest that these political housekeeping events in Canada’s most populous province may still harbour deeper meanings in […]



The Bill Maher who thinks Canada has gone too far left will apparently still be voting for Joe Biden in the USA today

Apr 20th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024. Bill Maher’s latest misunderstanding of the Canadian real world (see eg “Canadians react as Bill Maher takes a swipe at Canada” on blogTO) reminded me that Mr Maher once admired Rob Ford’s ability to be both a frequent recreational drug user and Mayor of Toronto. […]



As spring is sprung the ultimate autumn political event in the USA draws nearer … while Trudeau (Singh) Liberal (NDP) democrats still survive up north …

Apr 6th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024. Very early yesterday morning the almost always interesting Polling Canada posted on X : “CPC lead is as wide as it ever has been?” At the same time, one of my colleagues here at the office has suggested (like a few others) that the idle […]



Who is supposed to be running the Government of Canada — the federal government elected by the Canadian people or 10 provincial premiers ??

Mar 14th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024. Last night I heard an eminent CTV host urge that many (mostly Conservative) provincial premiers want the Liberal federal government to change its carbon tax policy. Doesn’t this mean (the implication seemed to be) that the federal government should do just that? This reminded me […]



Polling from last half 2023 and first quarter 2024 may not be reliable guide to Canadian election in fourth quarter 2025

Mar 12th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2024. Individual polls vary on exact numbers. But by almost the middle of March 2024 all polls have been saying for some time that it is very hard to see how the Justin Trudeau Liberals could “win” a fourth Canadian federal election in a row, in […]



Reconciliation and Land Act in BC on Canada’s Pacific Coast (and BC election this coming October 19)

Mar 1st, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024. I recently found two articles from The Tyee on the current state of government and politics in Canada’s Pacific Province unusually intriguing. The opinion polling still seems to be suggesting that David Eby’s high-flying New Democrats will probably win a second majority […]



Re Fani Willis — remember Bill Barr on Trump : “Our country can’t be a therapy session for a troubled man like this”

Jan 27th, 2024 | By | Category: In Brief

NORTH AMERICAN NOTEBOOK. RANDALL WHITE, FERNWOOD PARK, TORONTO . SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2024. (UPDATE FEBRUARY 3 : See Below). I recently read “A Reality Check on the Fani Willis Scandal … Is Trump’s Georgia prosecution about to get derailed?” It’s on the POLITICO site, and it’s by “Ankush Khardori, an attorney and former federal prosecutor […]