Canadian Provinces

Is PQ turning into just another Saskatchewan Party .. clearly not .. Quebec not like others .. but .. ??

Oct 9th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: Canadian Provinces

What a relief to escape, even for just one moment, from the latest crazy Trumpet playing of the “Yankee to the south of us” who “must south of us remain” — and into something allegedly more sensible, like the future of the Parti Québécois in Canada. The occasion is the election of Jean-François Lisée as [...]



Is new Canadian national dream rising in Alberta .. under new kind of New Democrat government?

Apr 27th, 2016 | By Citizen X | Category: Canadian Provinces

For a while now it has been clear enough that the wildrose province of Alberta is thirsting to leave some new mark on the evolving story of the Canadian confederation of 1867. The not-so-great debate on Senate reform since the 1980s — pushed along by an Alberta provincial government report called Strengthening Canada —  is [...]



Edmonton political signs with profanity on vehicles not crime or traffic offence

Aug 20th, 2015 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

There was a time when we felt it was inappropriate to use the ancient English expletive “fuck” in published writing. (It does not appear, eg, in our office copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary in two volumes,  1972 printing.) But the Internet and various new political and broader cultural vibrations since the 1980s (?) [...]



Can anyone believe a New Democrat majority? Welcome to the 21st century Alberta .. and the rest of Canada too!

May 6th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

I can’t think of another election where what I wanted to see happen has actually happened to quite the same extent as in Alberta on May 5, 2015. (It’s almost scary.) See, eg, “Alberta Election: NDP surges to majority government” and “New Democrats crush Progressive Conservative dynasty.” As one Conservative Albertan pointed out on CBC [...]



Can the security card give Harper Conservatives new life in Quebec?

Feb 14th, 2015 | By Citizen X | Category: Canadian Provinces

According to legend, in the late 1960s a brilliant young political theory professor at the University of Toronto used to tell his students that “an independent Quebec could never be more than a pale imitation of Franco’s Spain.” Much later and a little wiser, I  myself came to believe that this makes sense only for [...]



Kathleen Wynne’s new government in Ontario has four years to show the bond vigilantes she’s smarter than they are?

Jul 4th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

As best as we can make out, there is something … well, tacky at best …  about the way Moody’s rating agency changed   “Ont. outlook to negative from stable …  as it reaffirmed Ontario’s Aa2 ratings”, just before a new throne speech kicked off the 41st Parliament at Queen’s Park. According to Moody’s vice president [...]



The new Liberal majority in Quebec — will Philippe Couillard (and the rest of us) hear the deeper message????

Apr 8th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Provinces

No partisan of the Canadian future can fail to admire the practical political judgment of the people of Quebec in their April 7, 2014 provincial election, for seats in the Assemblée nationale in Quebec City. Strictly in terms of seats the current results, just after midnight on the Globe and Mail site, are :  LIBERAL [...]



Is an uber right-wing Tim Hudak Conservative government suddenly in the wings in Ontario??

Jan 21st, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

Last Week Susanna Kelley at ontarionewswatch.com noted that “former Liberal MP Ken Dryden” has been pointing to “a palpable anger out there amongst the citizenry.” This probably has some heightened resonance in Canada’s most populous province. And in the same context Ms Kelley has observed : “Few with any political sense are willing to make [...]



Liberals and New Democrats — what happened in Nova Scotia .. and what’s happening in Ontario ????

Oct 9th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

Opinion pollsters can take at least some pride in yesterday’s October 8 Nova Scotia election. Their polls had been suggesting a Liberal majority government for the past three weeks. And that’s what happened. (An Abacus Data survey with a last day of polling on October 6 even predicted the province-wide popular vote at 46% Liberal, [...]



Council of the Federation summer meeting 2013 .. award-winning wines, beers and cuisine prepared by students!

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: Canadian Provinces

It sometimes seems that little of real interest would happen in Canada without the first people who called themselves Canadians in Quebec. (This is also a good argument against real Quebec “separation,” for those Canadians outside Quebec who value interesting things.) To take just one current case in point, the first meeting of provincial premiers [...]