Posts Tagged ‘ Ontario politics ’

Kathleen’s first big moment of truth in Ontario may (or may not) arrive in May (or more exactly June?)

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

One of Canada’s leading go-to guys on political opinion polls, Éric Grenier, posted some intriguing Ontario politics notes last Saturday — under the headline “Tim Hudak And Ontario PCs’ Polling May Be On The Rise (Maybe).” Grenier pointed out that : “A survey conducted by EKOS Research for iPolitics between March 27 and April 3 […]

Is an uber right-wing Tim Hudak Conservative government suddenly in the wings in Ontario??

Jan 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

Last Week Susanna Kelley at noted that “former Liberal MP Ken Dryden” has been pointing to “a palpable anger out there amongst the citizenry.” This probably has some heightened resonance in Canada’s most populous province. And in the same context Ms Kelley has observed : “Few with any political sense are willing to make […]

How did 2013 look on our website .. and what does it mean for we children of the global village today?

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

In the land of the friendly giant next door, the year began with the at least somewhat hopeful inauguration of Barack Obama’s second term. (And then ended, sadly for us at any rate, with a progressive American president in more trouble than we’d like to see.) Meanwhile, much closer to our particular home and native […]

Liberals and New Democrats — what happened in Nova Scotia .. and what’s happening in Ontario ????

Oct 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

Opinion pollsters can take at least some pride in yesterday’s October 8 Nova Scotia election. Their polls had been suggesting a Liberal majority government for the past three weeks. And that’s what happened. (An Abacus Data survey with a last day of polling on October 6 even predicted the province-wide popular vote at 46% Liberal, […]

Is Canada really “sanest nation there is” .. take Liberals and NDP (in BC, Ontario, Nova Scotia, AND OTTAWA)?

Sep 26th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Those of us who vainly dream that the progressive mainstream in Canada is gearing up to reassert itself in the real world of politics have had a few bits of bad news lately. The brilliant Monty Python and Fawlty Towers graduate, John Cleese, keen to sell tickets to his “Last Chance to See Me Before […]

Nova Scotia goes to polls October 8 .. will Ontario follow soon (well .. don’t bet the farm just yet) ??

Sep 10th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

The Ontario legislature has returned to work this week. And already it seems clear enough that the biggest issue in Ontario politics this fall is whether there will be a fresh election before the December holiday season. See, eg, such recent headlines as : “Ontario’s Premier Wynne shaking up her campaign team in lead-up to […]

August 1 Ontario byelections : a bit of a surprise — Libs 2, NDP 2, Cons 1

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

Not long ago I overheard a local politician of more or less conservative bent answering a question about Kathleen Wynne’s performance as Ontario Liberal premier so far.  Some people, he suggested, belong to a party because they know they couldn’t get elected if they belonged to the party of their heart. Premier Wynne is a […]

August 1 Ontario byelections : Just how much trouble are Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in — and does it matter?

Jul 31st, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[FOR BYELECTION RESULTS SEE “August 1 Ontario byelections : a bit of a surprise — Libs 2, NDP 2, Cons 1.“] The headline for Adam Radwanski’s report in the Globe and Mail yesterday — “Ontario Liberals bracing for the end of Kathleen Wynne’s momentum” — captures the minority governing party’s worst prospects for the mini […]

Ontario mini-election on August 1 could be (a little?) more serious than we think

Jul 5th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED JULY 6, 7, 13 — for byelection results see “August 1 Ontario byelections : a bit of a surprise — Libs 2, NDP 2, Cons 1.” ]. A mere four weeks from yesterday — on Thursday, August 1, 2013 — Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will be holding a kind of mini-election. As […]

Budget passes .. “the people of Ontario have never been spoiled by too much perfection in government”

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: In Brief

QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO. TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013. 4:45 PM. [UPDATED JUNE 12]. So (as Premier Wynne might say) the 2013 Ontario Budget bill has now passed third reading, 64–36. This may have surprised you, if you were paying serious attention to such Toronto Sun headlines as : “PCs call for former Liberal staffers to turn […]