In Brief

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, [...]



Ontario election : will MaRS (and/or some kind of “coalition”) suddenly derail Kathleen Wynne at last?

May 31st, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

What about the 2014 Ontario election this weekend, you ask ???? Well … the same recent CP24/CTV Ipsos Reid poll of 868 Ontarians, that showed Con 36%, Lib 34%, NDP 23%, also asked its respondents a somewhat different question. And this “found that, regardless of who they would vote for, 52% of those surveyed said [...]



Ontario election May 30 : is “close race” the new deep truth .. and what about Brian Mulroney at Quebecor?

May 30th, 2014 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

Ontario election polls may be starting to suggest some emerging consistent if still quite uncertain story. The great poll aggregator Eric Grenier offers the snappiest summary : “close race.” The latest “CP24/CTV Ipsos Reid poll of 868 Ontarians has determined that the Liberals now enjoy the support of 34 % of decided voters (up three [...]



East Toronto, May 27 : “Men use love to get sex. Women use sex to get love. Ontario voters use coupons to get pizza.”

May 27th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Who knows exactly what Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak is up to in such friendly campaign headlines as : “Hudak accuses Ontario Liberals of being ‘fundamentally dishonest‘” (CTV News) and “Hudak calls Liberals ‘fundamentally dishonest’” (Postmedia News). I’m guessing his advisors would say the point is that the Kathleen Wynne Liberals are not telling the [...]



Ontario election blues : five easy pieces on the real 24th of May .. from Tory minority to vive le Montreal, etc

May 24th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The emerging Ontario general voter, it would seem, has still not quite emerged into the open, where pollsters can tie him or her down (and good for that some will say). In any case, she or he has a lot on his or her mind (only some of which is actually in Ontario). The counterweights [...]



Ontario election blues, May 23 .. Why are the polls so volatile, and what does it say about the place to stand today?

May 23rd, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I remember an eminent authority on such matters saying, just before the Mike Harris Tories in Ontario won their second majority government, almost exactly 15 years ago now : “The pollsters usually get it right.” And in that case they did. They may still get things more or less right in 2014, just before the [...]