The Ranting Canadian: Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against…

Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against the incompetent, unethical, non-progressive Ontario Liberal Party, outside their leadership convention in downtown Toronto. Hopefully our new temporary premier, Kathleen Wynne, will admit to the many mistakes that she and the Dalton McGuinty government have made, and will work tirelessly to repair the ...

The Ranting Canadian: Remembrance Day 2012 at Queen’s Park,…

Remembrance Day 2012 at Queen’s Park, Toronto                              This year, since November 11 fell on a Sunday, I managed to attend two Remembrance Day ceremonies at Queen’s Park in Toronto. First I observed a ceremony at the cenotaph at the north side of the park held by the 48th Highlanders of Canada.  It was a neat ...

Politics and its Discontents: Words, Words, Words

As a retired English teacher and a lifelong lover of books, I have always been fascinated by words, both what they actually mean and how they are used to influence and manipulate. As the years have gone by, I have become especially interested in the political uses and abuses of language along the lines described ...

Politics and its Discontents: Where Do Justice and Morality Reside?

On this Easter Sunday, when many turn their thoughts from the secular to the sacred, it is perhaps a propitious time to remember that the elusive goals of justice and morality, so often seemingly absent from the world, can and must be pursued, however imperfectly, only by those living in the world; it is a ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Star’s Gloomy Assessment of Corporate Depradations

Today’s Star editorial offers a gloomy but apparently realistic assessment of the direction Canada’s manufacturing is headed in. Abetted by the federal and Ontario McGuinty provincial governments’ seeming indifference to the corporate depredations underway, the most recent occurring at Electro-Motive Canada, and unions that are hamstrung by the refusal of companies to negotiate reasonable contracts, ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Tax on Financial Transactions

The Globe and Mail has an online story reporting Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s adamant opposition to any consideration of a tax on financial transactions at the G20. Although the article doesn’t provide details, most of what I have read about such a measure would involve the following: 0.1 per cent tax on transactions of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Dalton McGuinty And The Politics of Education

I just made this posting on my other blog, but thought it might be of interest to some readers of this blog, as it really deals with the politics of education: Recently, the McGuinty-led Liberal government of Ontario has proposed extending to two years from one the training of new teachers. The logic seems to ...

Blunt Objects: Why Polling Matters This Fall

Over at 308.com, Eric Grenier has stumbled upon a nasty habit of Ontario pollsters: There is a lot less reason to worry in Ontario. The average of the six polls conducted in the final week of the campaign were remarkably close to the election’s results. Being within 0.4 points for the Liberals and 0.6 points ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tory Lite – McGuinty and Public Sector Cuts

Dalton McGuinty, the Ontario Premier who, as I mentioned in previous posts, will not be receiving my support in the October election over his shameless disavowal of any responsibility for the police abuses during last year’s G20 Summit, has often been called Blue Lite, a reference to his conservative proclivities. Today, its seems that he ...

Politics and its Discontents: Despite Police and SIU Obstruction, G20 Lawsuit Moving Ahead

I have already written extensively about the G20 police abuses of our Charter Rights and have cited the McGuinty Government’s collusion in those abuses as the main reason I cannot vote for the Ontario Liberals in October. However, a story in today’s Star is well-worth reading to remind ourselves of how hard the authorities are ...