Published Nov. 5, 2012, in the Waterloo Region Record.
Canadians across the country will be glued to the U.S. presidential election Tuesday, but one political observer is skeptical that it makes much difference to Canada who wins.
As the American election campaign draws to a close, it is rather trite to observe that the race is extremely close. It has been that way for many months, but especially so since the first debate on Oct. 3. What follows is not so much a prediction, but rather guidelines to look for if you are watching the results Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. If one focuses upon the nine swing states highlighted by the media as still in play, the most likely Obama wins are in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nevada.
Last week, I was in Sydney, Nova Scotia, at a conference called, “Partnering for Successful Economic Development: Lessons Learned and Best Practices.” The primary goal of this conference was to “profile best practices in Cape Breton, such as the Unama’ki Model for collaborative economic development and Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, and provide a forum to discuss issues related to the creation and maintenance of successful development partnerships.
Published on Oct. 29, 2012, in The Waterloo Record.
This United States presidential election has been dominated by two emotions, both of them negative.
One is disappointment in Barack Obama. The other is discomfort with Mitt Romney.
It’s been a nasty election, one singularly devoid of intelligent substance. So perhaps it is appropriate that disappointment and discomfort should be determining factors.
LISPOP Associate Barry Kay interviewed on Oct. 16, 2012 on CTV News.
"I predicted that Dalton McGuinty would not be on the next ballot, when on the last provincial election he failed to get a majority. There have been opportunities since too, as he had a shot in the by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo."
Published on Oct. 22, 2012, in The Waterloo Record.
Looking back, it seems clear that Dalton McGuinty would be carrying on as premier of Ontario if only his Liberals had won that darned byelection in Kitchener-Waterloo last month.
Like this author, I too am waiting for the same media and other commentators who slammed Harper's prorogations in 2008 and 2009 to do the same to McGuinty's recent decision. I look forward to receiving the letter that must be circulating among academics as we speak, condemning McGuinty's decision to prorogue the Ontario legislative assembly.