Submitted by Barry Kay on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:54
Despite the close, three-way race for the Republican Iowa caucus on Monday, one is reminded that to a large extent, this is a game of expectations, and by that standard, third-place finisher Marco Rubio might have emerged as the real winner.
However, Donald Trump leading in polls in almost every other state is still a force to reckon with, and Ted Cruz actually finished first. A conclusion that can be drawn from this result is that the nomination contest won't be a cakewalk for anyone, and will continue on longer than some expected just a few days ago.
Submitted by Geoffrey Stevens on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:43
"A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself." — playwright Arthur Miller, 1961
The Guelph Mercury, which died last week at age 149, was a good newspaper. Sister paper to the Waterloo Region Record, the Mercury may not have had the reach of the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star, but in its best days the "Merc" was the information lifeblood of Guelph and environs.
Submitted by Barry Kay on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:47
As U.S. President Barack Obama enters the final year of his presidency his popular support level has slipped below the 50 per cent mark overall, but in the area of foreign policy it is significantly lower, and has regularly registered below 40 per cent in public approval for some months.
Much of the problem seems to stem from international events and the ubiquity of terrorism pursued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), among others, that do not comport with the kind of world that the president aspires to.
Submitted by Geoffrey Stevens on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:44
Luck is a precious thing in politics.
To take a couple of examples among Canadian leaders, Justin Trudeau has had good luck, oodles of it, in his short career, while Robert Stanfield had none when he needed it most.
Let's start with Bob Stanfield, the man they called the "best prime minister Canada never had." Stanfield was the immensely popular Progressive Conservative premier of Nova Scotia. Folks in his province contended he could keep getting re-elected as long as he lived — and maybe for one election posthumously.
Submitted by Christopher Alc... on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:54
There's an old saying in Canada that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
According to Prime Minister Trudeau and many others, however, our electoral system is broken.
The fact that a political party can win 100 per cent of the power with less than 50 per cent of the vote is a huge problem for those who worry about the tyranny of majority governments and wasted votes.
But does this mean our electoral system is broken and needs to be replaced?
The answer is no.