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Scott's DiaTribes: Thanks Dalton for your public service.

Who said Canadian politics was boring? Premier Dalton Mcguinty of Ontario resigned yesterday, in a rather unexpected move. He has been premier of Ontario for 9 years. I’ve had my beefs with him and his government the past year or 2, but no denying that a) he did bring in a lot of good things . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Thanks Dalton for your public service.

Cowichan Conversations: Will the Right Wingers Finally Be Set Back On Their Heels?

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

If we were to judge the future political direction of Canada and the US based on recent political activity progressives should be clicking their heels with glee.

So let’s see, in British Columbia the BC Liberals (Who are really Conservatives) are in meltdown with diminished support in the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will the Right Wingers Finally Be Set Back On Their Heels?

Politics and its Discontents: A Retired Administrator Sets The Record Straight

As he tries to appear tough for the upcoming byelections, Ontario’s self-proclaimed Education Premier, Dalton McGuinty, has been indulging in the kind of demagoguery that is an affront to critical thinkers everywhere. I was therefore pleased to read this article by Tom Roden, a retired vice-principal, attempting to puncture some of the myths about teaching:

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Politics and its Discontents: McGuiny Brings Out The Worst In Me

I readily admit to being a bit childish today. Contempt of premier brings out the worst in me. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Dalton McGuinty and the Ornge Scandal

As I recently observed in a post, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty has refused to testify before the legislative committee investigating the Ornge air ambulance scandal.

Rather than try to help ferret out the wrongdoing that has cost Ontario taxpayers untold millions, enriched the accounts of high-placed Ornge executives, and engendered widespread doubts . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Dalton McGuinty and the Ornge Scandal

Politics and its Discontents: We Have A Responsibility

As we go about our daily lives, the majority of us, I suspect, share a hierarchy of concerns ranging in priority from the health and well-being of our loved ones, to ourselves, and to our fellow humans. It is probably the latter than many of us pay only lip service to, not necessarily . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Have A Responsibility

Politics and its Discontents: That Man Behind the Curtain

While I strongly believe in being critical of unions when their behaviour warrants it, I am steadfast in my belief that they serve a vital role for the working person, which, essentially, is all of us, at least until retirement. I therefore must disagree with those who claim that the harsh measures about to be . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: That Man Behind the Curtain

Politics and its Discontents: Truth In Nature

A Facebook friend just put this photo up with the caption: This reminds me of Mr. McGuinty: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: One May Smile And Smile And Be A Villain

The above title, a quotation from my favorite Shakespearean play, Hamlet, is, I suppose, something of a truism in today’s age of cynical politics. Yet it was the line that immediately occurred to me as I read this story from today’s Star that reveals Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s refusal to testify before the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: One May Smile And Smile And Be A Villain

Politics and its Discontents: Because ….

…..some animals are more equal than others, I guess. At least that seems to be the message in McGuinty’s Ontario.*

*Doctors, teachers, and most other public servants need not apply. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Because ….

Politics and its Discontents: Another Salvo Against Teachers

Just came back from a rather tiring two-hour plus bike ride against a head wind. Because I am too tired to write a lengthy post, and as a follow-up to yesterday’s entry, for those interested in what is going on with teacher contract negotiations in Ontario, may I recommend Martin Regg Cohn’s column in today’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Salvo Against Teachers

Politics and its Discontents: Thwarting Democracy, Ontario-Style

I recently linked a post to a story from the Star detailing how Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s Premier, has reported to his caucus the wooing of at least two more members of opposition parties in the hopes of securing the majority government denied to him by the electorate in the last provincial election.

It is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thwarting Democracy, Ontario-Style

Politics and its Discontents: McGuinty Continues His Campaign To Subvert Democracy

Conservative MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill) said it proves McGuinty “will stop at absolutely nothing to make sure he brings this back into what he perceives is balance, which is a majority government for him.

You can read the full details of this crime against the will of the Ontario electorate here. Recommend . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: McGuinty Continues His Campaign To Subvert Democracy

Politics and its Discontents: Who Looks More Dishonourable Here?

I suppose some would say it is simply canny politics on the part of Dalton McGuinty here, and that Elizabeth Witmer sold herself to the highest bidder. On the other hand, I hope the Premier’s strategy fails, and Kitchener-Waterloo elects an NDPer in the byelection. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Who Looks More Dishonourable Here?

Politics and its Discontents: The Art of the Possible

People have to give Andrea Horwath full marks for putting into practice the famous quote by Otto von Bismarck: Politics is the art of the possible. Through her willingness to compromise during negotiations with the McGuinty government, not only has she avoided an election that few wanted, but she has also managed to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Art of the Possible

Politics and its Discontents: Sunday Reading Recommendation

For an insightful analysis of the choices facing both Andrea Horwath and Dalton McGuinty as they negotiate over changes to the Ontario budget that will win the support of the NDP, check out Martin Regg Cohn’s piece in today’s Star.

As he points out, there is considerable risk for both, but also potential benefits . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sunday Reading Recommendation

Politics and its Discontents: The Politics of Education

After I retired from teaching, my first blog was devoted to matters of education, including the institutional politics that frequently deform it. Now, more than five years into retirement, I spend most of my writing energies on this blog. However, today I would like to write a post in which the two subjects are . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Politics of Education

Politics and its Discontents: Martin Regg Cohn On The Wider Implications of the Electro-Motive Debacle

So the first lesson of the London massacre: Ottawa must be vigilant about vetting foreign investment and retaining jobs, but also mindful of valuing — and anchoring — our homegrown intellectual property. Why underwrite our companies if we willingly sell off our embedded brainpower to foreign bidders who leave Canada cash-rich, patent poor and jobless?

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Politics and its Discontents: Regg Cohn’s Thoughts on Catterpillar Inc.

I don’t have too much time this morning, but I highly recommend Martin Regg Cohn’s piece, which offers, amongst other things, a contrast between how long-serving Conservative Ontario Premier Bill Davis treated labour, and the current do-nothing philosophies of Dalton McGuinty and Steven Harper:

The former Tory premier of Ontario wasn’t perfect, but he was . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Regg Cohn’s Thoughts on Catterpillar Inc.

Scott's DiaTribes: It’s time to step on a Caterpillar, Premier Mcguinty

I was reading a column that Martin Reg-Cohn wrote yesterday on the continuing saga in London where as those who’ve followed it know, Caterpillar has locked out it’s workers in a draconian effort to get them to slah their wages by half – this as the CEO earns a million $ salary and the company . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: It’s time to step on a Caterpillar, Premier Mcguinty

Politics and its Discontents: Bully for Him

It is probably largely due to both the verbal and physical abuse I suffered as an elementary and high school student in the Catholic school system many years ago that I am so sensitive to abuses of authority, be it individual or institutional. I also suspect my experiences play a strong role in the visceral . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Bully for Him

Politics and its Discontents: The Occupy Movement: More Wisdom From Star Readers

I wrote the other day that I normally refrain from excerpting large chunks of text from other sources, but here I go again, this time a reproduction of letters from perceptive Toronto Star readers on why we should be thankful for the Occupy Movement. I was especially struck by B Byron’s reminder of the federal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Occupy Movement: More Wisdom From Star Readers

Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

The vast majority of the 1100 people abused, assaulted and arrested as a result of the thuggish actions of the G20 police forces, apparently intent on suppressing Canadians’ Charter Rights last June in Toronto, must be feeling a deep measure of vindica… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

Politics and its Discontents: the Real News Asks Some Important Questions About The G20 Secret Law

Although hardly the best interview I have seen, the following is worth viewing inasmuch it raises real questions about credibility regarding who the driving force was behind requesting the Public Works Protection Act invoked during the G20 Summit. Was … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: the Real News Asks Some Important Questions About The G20 Secret Law

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Quasi-Police state

While the Premier of Ontario continues to blithely and glibly disavow any responsibility for the horrendous abuses of Charter Rights that took place during last June’s G20 Summit, admitting only that he “could have done a better job of communicating,” … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Quasi-Police state