Category: Canada

  • The Charming Cynicism of the ‘Third Way’

    The McGuinty-Sorbara Victory and the Problems for Ontario Even though it was the first time in over seventy years that a Liberal premier had won two straight majorities in Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s victory wasn’t much of a surprise. Going into the election all the pollsters were predicting a close race and even a possible minority government. … Keep reading »

  • Against All Odds: Winning Electoral Reform in Ontario

    On October 10, 2007 Ontarians will go to polls in a provincial election. But this time, in addition to casting a ballot for a politician, voters will also be asked to make a choice about the kind democratic institutions they think the province should use. On a separate referendum ballot voters will be asked whether … Keep reading »

  • Treading Water: Four Years of Ontario’s Liberals

    The champagne corks were popping the night of October 2, 2003, the night four years ago when Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal party sent the Common Sense Revolution to the dustbin. Eight years of the most repugnant government in Ontario’s postwar history had concluded. It was indeed a cause for celebration. McGuinty’s Liberals had run … Keep reading »

  • In Opposition to the SPP

    The Security and Prosperity Partnership (the SPP) was originally launched in March, 2005 by U.S. president George Bush, and the former leaders of Mexico and Canada, Vincente Fox and Paul Martin, in Waco, Texas. The SPP is not a signed treaty, debated and passed in parliament. It is a semi-secret informal process – driven by … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Manufacturing Jobs: Struggling for Answers

    Manufacturing in the Canadian Economy Should We Give Up On Manufacturing Jobs? An Alternative Program Rethinking Unions Community Responses: The Example of Windsor The last weeks of May have seen major demonstrations of workers’ discontent with the crisis that has been unfolding in Canada’s manufacturing sector. Some 52,000 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing … Keep reading »

  • Canada and World Order After the Wreckage

    The active imagining of an alternate global politics could hardly be more pressing. Mounting global inequalities, the turbulence of climate change, and recurring military interventions by Western powers have been the daily fare of the neoliberal world order. This world order was constructed over the last two decades under the hegemony of the U.S., in … Keep reading »

  • Against War: Resisting Empire and the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan

    It is now five years since Canadian troops were first deployed to Afghanistan, entering from the outset into a combat position. Canada moved into a war in Afghanistan without any Parliamentary sanction or debate. Keep reading »

  • Canada, Quebec and the Left: Outflanked Again?

    The surprise Conservative motion recognizing that the “Québécois form a nation within a united Canada” and the unexpected selection of Chrétien protégé, technocrat and Clarity Act point man Stéphane Dion as Liberal leader have shown (yet again) just how important Quebec is to Canadian political life. And for at least the fifth time in the … Keep reading »

  • A “Québécois Nation”? Harper Fuels an Important Debate

    The House of Commons voted on November 27 to support a Tory government motion that “the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada.” What does it mean? And why now? The second question is easier to answer. The motion was triggered by an unexpected turn of events. Michael Ignatieff, in his quest for the … Keep reading »

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    Renewing Democracy in Ontario From the Top Down

    Throughout Canada, as in much of the world, there has been a marked decline in voter turnout over the past twenty years. This general though uneven trend cuts across class, gender, racial, age and regional lines. Political elites began to pose the question a few years ago as to the degree to which this threatened … Keep reading »

  • Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy

    Since the coming into power of the Stephen Harper Conservative government in January of this year, there has been much gnashing of teeth over the foreign policy stance of Canada. In particular, Canada’s relation with the U.S. on a phalanx of fronts has been at the centre of controversy. One has been the softwood lumber … Keep reading »

  • The Miller Regime and Suburban Growth Politics

    In the City of Toronto, the 2006 municipal elections brought few surprises. Incumbent Mayor Miller was declared the winner seconds after the polls closed. The composition of City Council changed little. Most incumbents were reelected comfortably. NDP and labour-backed candidates failed to unseat right wingers like Case Ootes and Cesar Palacio. But thanks to the … Keep reading »