Posts Tagged ‘ Julie Payette ’

So … no snap federal election in Canada this fall (Trudeau & Singh 2020–?? like Trudeau & Lewis, 1972–74??)

Sep 26th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

FROM THE DESKTOPS OF THE COUNTERWEIGHTS EDITORS. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020, 4:00 PM ET : We have to confess that some of us actually fell vaguely asleep trying to watch the much-anticipated Trudeau Liberal throne speech, on TV this past Wednesday afternoon. The close-to-an-hour presentation by Governor General Julie Payette in alternating French […]



The latest Governor General controversy — have we already had our conservative revolution in Canada?

Aug 11th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

TELEGRAM FROM RANDALL WHITE. GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. It is no doubt only to be expected that strange things will happen during such historical eras as the COVID-19 global pandemic — in public as well as private life. That any rate strikes me as the most sensible context in which to view the summer 2020 controversy over […]



Is new Liberal non-strategy working well enough (except for the monarchy)?

Jan 29th, 2020 | By | Category: In Brief

The most striking political thing I’ve heard lately came from a lady on the 39th floor of a downtown Toronto residential tower — over grapes, nuts and Perrier water, looking south out a big window on the naked city in all its current wonder. She follows Canadian federal politics with real interest, but without any […]



What does it mean that second-term Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now seems to be using a Windsor knot on his tie?

Oct 30th, 2019 | By | Category: In Brief

Yesterday the media watching PM Justin Trudeau in the wake of the October 21 federal election reported that “Trudeau turns to two political veterans for advice on forming his minority government,” and “Trudeau taps French ambassador, Anne McLellan to aide in transition.” (Canada’s ambassador to France, in case you are wondering, is Isabelle Hudon, not […]



From liberal paradise of N California to Ontario under the Ford Nation (and the Governor General of Canada)

Sep 23rd, 2018 | By | Category: In Brief

The managing editor has suggested I apologize for taking so long to report back on our Toronto editorial group’s latest round of consultations with the technical staff, now in Mill Valley, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. But as the sophisticated lady asks, who really cares? In any case we had a terrific […]



The polite fiction that the governor general is somehow “above politics” is what really lacks credibility today

Nov 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Canadian Republic

There seems at least some significant agreement within the Canadian federal punditocracy (which I admire a great deal) that our new former-astronaut Governor General Julie Payette badly blotted her copy book, when she gave spirited opening remarks at the recent 9th annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. I nonetheless feel driven to confess that […]



August for the people 2017 : two top 10 lists Canada & global village + CelebJihad.com

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. AUGUST 22, 2017. It has been a strange-weather summer in the city this year. Right now we’re waiting for yet more rain. (I spoke too soon. It has just come. And now the question is : when will it come again? Can we go for coffee later, across from the park?) Meanwhile, it is […]



Top 12 late news extras as midsummer madness 2017 sets in : Oz Labor party will hold republic referendum etc, etc

Jul 31st, 2017 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED AUGUST 1]. The final “Streetfest” phase of the 29th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is now over, and we’ve asked our wayward staff  to submit their favourite key current late news extras for post-festival tabulation. Without further ado : (1) “Bill Shorten renews push for Australian republic, vows to hold referendum within first term […]