Posts Tagged ‘ Liberal-NDP co-operation ’

Coalition dreaming in Ottawa 2015 … still crazy after all these years ??

Dec 17th, 2014 | By | Category: In Brief

For Canadian federal politics 2015 is bound to be a crucial year. And two recent comment pieces by Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hébert make for rather ominous reading, as the start of the year comes into clear view. Both Mr Coyne and Ms Hébert are worrying about just what may or may not happen if […]

Will we look back on 2013 as the year the Harper Conservative interregnum in Canada began to fall apart?

Dec 1st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Back in the middle of April, just after Justin Trudeau had been elected new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, former prime minister Jean Chretien boldly prophesied : “Today marks the beginning of the end of this Conservative government.” Now that we’ve reached December, it almost looks like 2013 just may the year when […]

Quick notes on Premier Kathleen’s Ontario throne speech .. opposition war drums are beating .. but?

Feb 20th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 22]. (1) Here are some quick notes on the first (and some would say last?) throne speech of Kathleen Wynne’s new Liberal minority government in Ontario yesterday. They also serve as an update to “Ontario ‘three-party system in transition’ is back .. but can Premier Kathleen do it, at last?,” which appeared on […]

Now is Liberal Conservative détente the next big thing in Ontariario .. and is Andrea Horwath’s NDP partly to blame?

Aug 24th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO. FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 3:30 PM. Some three and a half months ago, I was wondering: “Is Liberal Conservative détente next big thing in Ontariario .. and will it work?” My inspiration was a Toronto Star column by Martin Regg Cohn, which urged : “As labour tensions dominate the agenda, Liberals and New […]

Does Andrea NDP cute trick on Ontario Budget 2012 matter .. it did pass and there’s still no election?

Apr 24th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. APRIL 24, 2:00 PM. So … as if the Alberta election weren’t enough of a surprise, the final act of the Liberal-NDP dance of the dialectic on Ontario Budget 2012 managed to bring us something a bit different too. For the details I just quote directly from Karen Howlett’s concise summary in the self-confessed […]

Dance of Liberal-NDP dialectic in Ontario .. end of first set now in sight (well .. maybe)?

Apr 12th, 2012 | By | Category: In Brief

Larry Zolf’s 117-page opus Dance of the Dialectic – on “How Pierre Elliot Trudeau went from Philosopher-King to the Incorruptible Robespierre to Philosopher-Queen Marie Antoinette to Canada’s Generalissimo and then to Mackenzie King and Even Better” – was published 39 long years ago now. In the strange spring of 2012, however, its title has taken […]

Whatever else, Premier Dad Dalton is certainly not dead yet ..

Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Before non-Tory partisans get too excited about such headlines as “Ontario voters trending to McGuinty, poll suggests” (Globe and Mail) or “Liberals inch ahead of Tories in two new polls” (Toronto Star), they might want to at least consider “Tories leading the pack: Poll” (surprise, surprise – in the Toronto Sun). The poll in the […]