In Brief

Is Wynne’s new Ontario cabinet reviving old ideals about parliamentary democracy (probably not, but …)?

Jun 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The genius of the traditional “Westminster” or British-style cabinet system is or at least was supposed to be that it is an authentically collegial or team-management approach to the increasingly complicated adventures of government by popularly elected officials. Any modern parliamentary democracy is far too complicated to be navigated by the mind of just one [...]



“The High Art of the Low Countries” and “In Search of Science” : two BBC programs north of the Great Lakes

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I was complaining not too long ago, to someone fortunately wiser than I am, about how TVOntario has not lived up to the promise of its creation in the early 1970s. To no small extent, I said, it had become (in my own less-than-systematic perception at any rate) just another vehicle for the North American [...]



We’re hearing rumours that Ontario NDP blood-letting in wake of June 12, 2014 election has begun

Jun 21st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

UPDATED JULY 9: At least some Ontario Progressive Conservative members of the Legislative Assembly reacted quickly and nastily to their party’s (and their party leader’s) considerably worse-than-expected results in the June 12 provincial election. So far, the Ontario New Democrat reaction has been quieter and less noticeable. (Partly, some might say, because Andrea Horwath’s NDP [...]



Seven steps to heaven north … Cruz, Beaulieu, Harper, Canada 150, T.O. Blues, Malta, and Kathleen Wynne

Jun 16th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Yes Virginia there is life north of the Great Lakes after the June 12, 2014 Ontario election. And here in fact is growing evidence that there actually may or may not be a Great Spirit of Canada : (1) On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Reuters reported that : “US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has [...]



Is this the sound of a new long dynasty in Ontario politics settling in ????

Jun 13th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

In one way or another history will no doubt record that the Ontario general election of June 12, 2014 was a highly nuanced phenomenon. To start with, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have won a six-seat majority in the Legislative Assembly with a mere 39% of the province-wide popular vote [UPDATE JUNE 14 : a recount in [...]



Ontario election 2014 : last minute polling notes, and meditations on the low voter turnout syndrome

Jun 11th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The editors tell me this is the last posting on the (first?) Ontario election of 2014 that counterweights will publish before the actual vote tomorrow. So I have one or two housekeeping matters to attend to, before getting into my main subject of declining voter turnout in Ontario (and elsewhere in the free and democratic [...]



Why we’re endorsing Kathleen Wynne (and related night thoughts on the mysterious Ontario election of 2014)

Jun 10th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

This past Sunday we promised that in “our next posting we counterweights editors will be gratuitously and no doubt vainly and pointlessly making our own mini-endorsement of someone or something for the June 12 Ontario election.” We keep our promises (even when they were foolish in the first place). And we are now happy to [...]



Ontario Northern Uprising election remains a mystery — “close race” still the only deep truth ????

Jun 8th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

With a mere four (or three?) days to the ultimate moment of truth, two articles from this weekend’s Globe and Mail may or may not summarize the current state of the campaigning art in Ontario’s current  democratic consultation with the regional people. The first is “‘Desperate’ rivals left to stir up trouble, Wynne says” by [...]



Dear Andrew at the CBC : Canadian populist views of the Ontario leaders’ TV debate 2014 (updated June 5)

Jun 4th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

UPDATED JUNE 5. I just drew the short straw here at the office. I have to stay late and do a quick report on the Ontario election 2014 leader’s debate on TV : Tuesday, June 3, 6:30–8:00 PM ET. There is, as best I can tell, something of an early consensus somewhere that Liberal leader [...]



Ontario election debate June 3 : can rookie Kathleen beat “corruption” rap and go on to win?

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The Ontario election, on Thursday, June 12, is now just a week from this coming Thursday, June 5. To us the campaign remains essentially mysterious. But we’d also agree that things are starting to get nastier. And it may be that this increasing nastiness will figure big time in the three-way leaders’ debate on TV, [...]