In Brief

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

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

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.” Premier Higgs’s strategy in the election held yesterday […]



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 […]



Late August 2020 : Universal Basic Income, Conservative Party of Canada, and climate-change wildfires in California

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

FROM CITIZEN X ON STAYCATION IN EAST YORK CONDO. TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020. 10:45 PM ET/7:45 PM PT. We do live in uncertain times. Just as I was stumbling across welcome news that some Canadian New Democrats are contemplating a workable Universal Basic (or Guaranteed) Income, I also stumbled across less happy evidence on the […]



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 […]



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 […]



Why “Gone Fishing” still seems the most sensible response to the midsummer madness of the WE imbroglio in Ottawa

Jul 31st, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

EMAIL FROM CITIZEN X, OLD SANDY COVE, ON : Marie-Danielle Smith at Maclean’s has published two different accounts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unusual appearance before the Finance Committee of the Canadian House of Commons yesterday. One — the more drearily conventional (and overly rhetorical) — is called : “Three key takeaways from Justin Trudeau’s […]



Blue Jays 2020 — one part of major-league sports in the time of COVID

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

SPECIAL FROM ROB SPARROW, HIGH PARK, TORONTO. JULY 24, 2020. The sporting world, like most everything else, stopped earlier this year on March 11 when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first athlete to test positive for COVID-19. In many ways the shut down of the NBA, and the other sports leagues that […]



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 […]



The Palace Letters in Australia 1975 — a big boost for the republican cause down under in 2020 (and in Canada too)!

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

SPECIAL FROM GREG BARNS. HOBART, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 14 JULY 2020. The 11th of November 1975 is a date etched into the collective mind of the Australian body politic. It was the day that the Queen’s representative, Governor General John Kerr, dismissed the elected Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, and commissioned Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser to […]



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 […]