Posts Tagged ‘ Canadian politics ’

July 1, 2014 — A Great Day for Canada, as you like it, and a toast to next year in a Canadian republic

Jun 30th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The grandfather of one of we (various and intermittent) counterweights editors used to say that it was “A Great Day for Canada” on his own birthday. And it has long seemed to us that there is something quite admirably as well as agonizingly Canadian about this kind of practice. In any case, with July 1, [...]



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 [...]



Key current campaigns : Olivia Chow, Alex Mazer, and Richard Underhill in Toronto, and Tim Hortons in Quebec

Mar 18th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

At least some people are talking about how interesting the Quebec provincial election campaign has suddenly become. See, eg : “Marois says rest of Canada would be welcome to visit independent Quebec” ; “Independent Quebec would keep Canadian dollar, Marois says” ; “Marois tells Canada not to be afraid of Quebec election outcome” ; “Naked [...]



Tom Flanagan and Pierre Karl Péladeau loom as Quebec campaign starts up

Mar 11th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

I want to hang in for a moment longer with my colleague Frank Bunting’s allusion to Hugh Segal’s wisdom on Quebec last week. The Quebec provincial election campaign of 2014 has only just begun. But already I feel I have to keep trying hard to remember what Senator Segal said early in 2012 : “If, [...]



If Justin Trudeau really needs a policy risk — what about citizen assemblies on the British monarchy in Canada?

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Canadian Republic

The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good  at its Montreal convention this weekend.  (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]



Will the real Prime Minister Stephen Harper ever stand up?

Aug 27th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: Ottawa Scene

Just over a week ago we heard that “Proroguing Parliament till October buys Harper and Tories time … The restart effectively gives Mr. Harper two high-profile opportunities … to sell Canadian voters on the notion he is still the person to lead the country.” The first opportunity is “a Speech from the Throne that will [...]



Is there any point in keeping an appointed Senate in Canada today?

Jun 9th, 2013 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

Dr. Dave Town from Orillia, Ontario offered an intriguing comment on my recent post about Senate reform,  “Is doing anything sensible with the Senate of Canada just a vain fantasy?” (And I believe he is the same person I have now intriguingly discovered on the “gossip-stew of the internet” : successful chiropractor by day, public-spirited  [...]



Happy 140th North West Mounted Police .. when dropping “Royal” from Canadian names may return

May 23rd, 2013 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Kudos to Google Canada for including a “Mountie in the iconic bright red uniform and broad-brimmed hat … in front of mountains, forest and water” on its home page today, in commemoration of the “140th anniversary of the North West Mounted Police.” In case you have forgotten, the North West Mounted Police were established by [...]



Money in politics is “a big problem” and “ Lawrence Lessig is right”?

Apr 26th, 2013 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: Key Current Issues

One thing about life in the global village nowadays is that the subtleties of political debate keep getting lost in the demands of 140-characters-or-less, and similar rules elsewhere. (And if you think things were always that way, try reading a 19th century newspaper.) A case in point glows brightly in this past Wednesday’s Washington Post [...]



Margaret Thatcher is “the mother of Canadian conservatism” ??????

Apr 17th, 2013 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013. GANATSEKWYAGON, ONTARIO, CANADA. Today marks the funeral of the fabled Iron Lady back in the old imperial metropolis across the sea. And according to Matthew Coutts at the Daily Brew :”Canadian Conservative leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in attendance when Margaret Thatcher, the woman some consider the mother [...]