Posts Tagged ‘ Canadian democracy ’

RIP John Turner, Canadian democratic politician of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s

Sep 20th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

RANDALL WHITE, TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 : John Napier Turner (June 7, 1929 — September 18, 2020) sat in the Canadian House of Commons for the Montreal electoral district of St. Lawrence-St.George, 1962—1968, for Ottawa-Carleton, 1968—1976, and finally for Vancouver-Quadra, 1984—1993. He served as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in Lester Pearson’s Liberal cabinet, […]

If American democracy is in trouble, so is democracy in Canada ..

Mar 30th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

“Great Britain, the United States and Canada” is the title of a now 65-year-old essay by Harold Innis, Canada’s pioneering great economic historian (and the godfather of Marshall McLuhan). As winter at last gives way to spring north of the North American Great Lakes, a few vaguely parallel thoughts about our time today have been […]

Is the monarchy mystique really reviving in Canada .. or was Ricky Gervais just right about Kate and Kim?

Apr 30th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

This past Friday Canada’s self-confessed national newspaper revealed that “Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Sunday … Intolerable media intrusion was cited by many sources as the reason the couple broke up in 2007, but they soon got back together and married in a global ceremony […]

Remembering Lount and Matthews .. who died on April 12, 1838 for our Canadian freedoms today

Apr 9th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

For those who reside in the vicinity of what is still (for the moment) Canada’s largest metropolis, we’re pleased to note that a morning vigil will be held in downtown Toronto this coming Thursday, April 12, 2012, in commemoration of the public hangings of Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews 174 years ago, on the morning […]

Machiavelli in Egypt .. and Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan (and would you believe .. Canada too?)

Feb 5th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 7, 23]. It is of course very difficult to know just what is going on in Egypt – or the Middle East at large –  right now.  Some three and a half years ago, however, our resident Ontario historian, Randall White, was contemplating the question “Machiavelli .. is he the prince of darkness […]

Some obstacles to democracy in Canada

May 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

Pierre Trudeau’s essay “Some Obstacles to Democracy in Quebec” was first published in the old Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science in August 1958 – when Premier Maurice Duplessis was still shouting orders to the Speaker of the Quebec legislative assembly. French Canadians, Trudeau wrote at the time, “must begin to learn democracy from […]