Trudeau wins a minority; why should anyone be surprised

I don’t feel like ranting anymore about this lousy election. Instead of that, I am going to put up here a bunch of Tweets from my Election Night feed last night. Hi Mom, Hi Dad, hi Brother, hi Sister in Law, hi Nieces. Polls have closed in BC 😁 #exn43 #cdnpoli — John Cairns (@JohnWCairns)…

This federal election is almost over, finally. Good riddance!

This lousy, intellectually vapid 2019 federal election is almost over. Good. I’ll be covering election night tomorrow, Oct. 21, and believe me, I will be happy to have this campaign over with so I can get on with my own life. All in all, this has been the most disappointing, depressing federal campaign I’ve ever…

Canadian politics is officially a gong show, thanks entirely to Justin Trudeau

I guess I have to finally post something about the Canadian election, A political nuclear bomb exploded on the campaign trail this week in Canada, with TIME reporting about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface at an Aladdin-themed party in 2001. Stories about other incidents came out as well. What’s worse, my hometown Saskatoon…

Those hearings in D.C. had nothing on those committee fireworks in Ottawa today!

You thought those were fireworks in Washington when disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen was calling Donald Trump a conman in front of the Congress? That was nothing compared to Jody Wilson-Raybould the former Attorney General, who today went before a Commons committee here in frozen Canada and implicated the political staff around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

Political roundup in Saskatchewan, now that the federal by-election is over

(Photo credit: myself.) On Tuesday, I tuned in to some of the coverage of that Alabama Senate election night, and just like I said before, I got all jealous again about all these reporters covering American politics and all its craziness. But then I remembered that I covered Battlefords-Lloydminster federal by-election results the night before…

Roundup of the latest political coverage by yours truly

So, folks, I thought I would share some political news stories that I have covered over the past little while. You know, I sometimes forget that I cover politics for a living; last night I tuned in to the Virginia and New Jersey election coverage (both smashing victories for Democrats) and was going “gee, I…

High drama right now in BC legislature

I am currently tuning into the live coverage online of the unfolding events at the BC legislature where the BC Liberal government is about to face a confidence vote that will result in its likely defeat. After that Premier Christy Clark goes to the Lt.-Governor, and what will happen next is somewhat uncertain. The government…

This was where I was tonight: Conservative leadership candidates debate 

I am indeed a political geek. After spending half the night watching US election returns, I went to Saskatoon tonight to cover the federal Conservative leadership all-candidates debate at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. Good crowd, and a good policy-oriented debate, though lacking the fireworks we saw during the US primary debates. There were 12 candidates…

Weekend political conventions dominate the News from Nowhere

Well, this past weekend was a big one of political conventions here in North America — but before I talk about Canada’s Conservatives or Liberals I want to talk about the USA’s Libertarians. The Libertarians held their convention in some hotel in Orlando, and unfortunately they looked every bit like a fringe group. I watched…

Coming soon — poll closings in Manitoba!

The polls close within the half-hour in the province of Manitoba which is holding its provincial election today. The expectation is that tonight will be the latest in a long string of bad news for the New Democratic Party as it is expected the PCs will win a massive majority. I find this race particularly…

Roundup of election stories with a week left

   We are one week away from the Oct. 19 Election Day — a fact you are reminded of whenever you watch any big sporting event on TV. They are loaded with political commercials such as the Conservatives’ “Just not ready” ads targeting Justin Trudeau, countered by Trudeau’s “ready” ads, countered by ads with smiling…

Patrick Brown gets the win in Ontario PC leadership race

This week of elections and election surprises ends with Barrie MP Patrick Brown completing his upset of Christine Elliott in the Ontario PC leadership race. Clearly, Brown out-organized and out-hustled the competition “for the win”, as his slogan said. Those PC memberships he sold were no mirage, the members came out to vote for him in big…

Election results coming later tonight in Alberta

I don’t think I will bother live-blogging the Alberta election night. I may post my reaction to the results later.  But if these polls are to believed the Alberta PC dynasty of Premier Jim Prentice is in a heap of trouble and could be toppled by, of all parties, the NDP.  In fact, these polls are…

Counting is now on in Manitoba NDP vote

We’re still waiting for results of the first ballot in the NDP leadership convention in Manitoba between incumbent Premier Greg Selinger, Steve Ashton and Theresa Oswald.  There is live coverage and you can catch that on the CBC. This shouldn’t be too long a day.

It’s Ontario’s turn to vote — election coverage tonight

Well, after all that primary excitement Tuesday in Virginia with Eric Cantor losing in the biggest upset in history, I think it will be hard to muster the same enthusiasm for the Ontario provincial election. In fact, I am not holding out much hope for this vote at all. I expect voter turnout to be…

VERY INTERESTING POLITICAL NIGHT AHEAD BOTH IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND IN QUEBEC

It promises to be a very interesting night for political watchers both north and south of the 49th parallel tonight, as the Democrats take to their convention tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina to renominate President Barack Obama. Again, like last week at the GOP convention, Tuesday night promises to be “Ladies’ Night” as First Lady Michelle…