Posts Tagged ‘ Ontario politics ’

How important was Rob Ford’s brother in latest Ontario byelection?

Sep 4th, 2016 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. The return to realism after Labour day is almost here. And it suddenly becomes clear that this past Thursday’s Scarborough-Rouge River byelection was a welcome splash of cold water for we rare but resolute fans of Ontario provincial politics. (See, eg : “Ontario Tories win hotly-contested Toronto-area byelection” by Allison Jones at The [...]



Can Patrick Brown make some new Seinfeldian mutation of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives work?

May 11th, 2015 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I don’t believe in “types” of human beings. But if I did, the new Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown would remind me of a certain type of hard-working grass-roots activist, outside the established political party system. Yet it also seems that Mr. Brown has spent almost his entire life since the middle of high school [...]



Our person of the year in global village — Barack Obama .. and in our own backyard, Kathleen Wynne

Dec 31st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Time magazine named eight final candidates for its 2014 Person of the Year designation : acting Iraqi Kurdish Region president Masoud Barzani  ; first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO Tim Cook ; the Ebola caregivers ; the Ferguson protesters ; controversial National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell ; Chinese e-commerce giant founder Jack Ma ; [...]



Key current views from the 6 .. more edgy New Democratic rumours in the big city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul 18th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

It may be hard to get a word in about anything but the Malaysian airplane disaster in east Ukraine today (or possibly the new Israeli ground offensive in Gaza) — and with good enough reason. But life in our own small corner still goes on. This week we’ve been at the receiving end of two [...]



Is Wynne’s new Ontario cabinet reviving old ideals about parliamentary democracy (probably not, but …)?

Jun 26th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

The genius of the traditional “Westminster” or British-style cabinet system is or at least was supposed to be that it is an authentically collegial or team-management approach to the increasingly complicated adventures of government by popularly elected officials. Any modern parliamentary democracy is far too complicated to be navigated by the mind of just one [...]



We’re hearing rumours that Ontario NDP blood-letting in wake of June 12, 2014 election has begun

Jun 21st, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

UPDATED JULY 9: At least some Ontario Progressive Conservative members of the Legislative Assembly reacted quickly and nastily to their party’s (and their party leader’s) considerably worse-than-expected results in the June 12 provincial election. So far, the Ontario New Democrat reaction has been quieter and less noticeable. (Partly, some might say, because Andrea Horwath’s NDP [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 17 — going to bed with The Ekos poll: Advantage, Wynne

May 17th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, MAY17, 2014. 2:00 AM ET. Before I lay me down to sleep this morning, I have been asked to put the counterweights’ Ontario election watch 2014 to bed for this 24th of May holiday weekend.  (Which takes place on Monday, May 19 this year. Even though we are still apparently commemorating the [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 13 — is uber right-wing Hudak Conservative government etc?

May 13th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

What is still only potentially the most interesting Ontario election campaign in years has not yet come to any tight focus, some 10 days after the at least unofficial start. A question raised on this site back this past January may come closest to where things almost seem to be : “Is an uber right-wing [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 7 — will Hugh Segal actually be voting for Kathleen Wynne?

May 7th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The late great Canadian literary critic, Northrop Frye — who came to Toronto  via Sherbrooke, Quebec and then mostly Moncton, New Brunswick, “to compete in a national typing contest in 1929” (!!!!) — once called Ontario “surely one of the most inarticulate communities in human culture.” And there is something about the still very youthful [...]



Ontario “Northern Uprising” election June 12 will be another one where the campaign really matters!

May 2nd, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014. 3:00 PM ET. So (as the premier often begins her remarks on any subject) … a lot has happened in Ontario politics today — and sooner, it seems fair to say, than the smart money thought. This morning NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced that her party would not be [...]