Posts Tagged ‘ William Lyon Mackenzie ’

Canada has its own populisms .. and rebellions — in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan!

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

Last week the irrepressible Preston Manning had an article in the Globe and Mail on how “Canada’s elites could use a crash course in populism.” He cited  Tom Flanagan’s Waiting for the Wave and W. L. Morton’s The Progressive Party in Canada as useful reading for any elites actually wanting to take the course he […]



Happy saxophone holidays to the shadow of your smile (and other close-to-year-end notes), 1965–2015

Dec 10th, 2015 | By | Category: In Brief

“The Shadow of Your Smile” was one of the last enduring popular songs in the tradition of the Great American Songbook — whose truest heyday was “from the 1920s to the 1950s.” With music by Johnny Mandel and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, it first appeared in 1965, as the Academy Award winning Best Original […]



175th anniversary of 1837 rebellions more important for Canadian democracy today than War of 1812

Dec 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Heritage Now

A recent poll on the pride Canadians place in more than a dozen symbols and achievements found that the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 this year came in near the bottom — even though the federal government has budgeted more than $28 million to mark the occasion. The 175th anniversary of the so-called […]



Two cheers for Mackenzie King (and Lawrence Martin .. and the unsung Canadian political tradition etc)

Nov 8th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

We need to be experimenting more these days, throughout the global village it seems. We can’t do anything of consequence about that ourselves, no doubt. (And look what has happened lately to Yes We Can among the broader community of Yankees to the south of us, who must south of us remain.) But we can […]