Last week, Alberta conservatives in the governing UCP, elected a new leader, Danielle Smith, who was sworn in as premier on Tuesday. She rode to power touting the proposed Alberta Sovereignty Act which she almost immediately started walking back after her leadership victory, other more pressing matters to set on fire. Still, the idea ignited a disquiet throughout the rest of the country, fretting over yet another ‘constitutional crisis’ for those who lived through the agonizing referenda of 1995 and 1980, the peaks and heartbreak of Quebec nationalism. Continue reading
Tomorrow, August 19, is the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers in order to run in the October 24th municipal election race. On Monday the 22nd, the city clerk will certify the nominations, making everything official. After the Labour Day weekend, the campaign will begin in earnest.
Barring any last minute, out-of-the-blue entries, I think it’s safe to say, Toronto is staring down at the most desultory civic election since, perhaps, 2000 when Mayor Mel Lastman rolled to re-election in the 2nd post-amalgamation campaign, handily defeating environmental activist Tooker Gomberg with nearly 80% of the popular vote. Continue reading
Lest this begins to look like a retreat to the familiar, a purely Toronto municipal politics blog, the second such item in three days, you can put your mind at ease. Nothing but pure fluke. Just a happenstance of circumstance as they say, and if they don’t, they should. The torpid weather. An annoying struggle with another piece of writing. Some rather exceptional matters in and around City Hall. Continue reading