A New Era in Canadian Politics

For us, who come from both a parliamentary system (Ian-born and raised in The U.K.) and an American system (Gayle-born and raised in the USA) this is an intriguing analysis of the new Canadian government. It remains to be seen how history will play out. We are optimistic.

The Political Spectator: Insightful News and Views

ballot boxThe federal election on October 19 dramatically changed the political map of Canada. Click here to see two overlapping maps of Canada, one showing the seats held by each party following the 2011 election and the other showing the results for 2015. In moving the cursor over the maps one sees the shift from one election to the other.

The Liberal Party under its new (and untested) leader Justin Trudeau, swept the Atlantic provinces, made major gains in Québec and Ontario, established inroads in the main urban centers across the Canadian prairies, and finished strong in British Columbia.

As a result, the Conservative Party has been confined to its traditional strongholds in Southern Ontario and the Canadian Prairies. It no longer represents all regions of Canada. And that is significant. Here’s why.

In Southern Ontario there used to be both “Blue Tories” and “Red Tories.” The Blue Tories (also known…

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Thanks to the staff at Friesens Corporation in Altona, Manitoba for an interesting tour of their facility as we drove south of Winnipeg to take possession of several more boxes of Ian’s memoir, “From Poverty to Poverty​: A Scotsman Encounters Canada”. We had run out of copies, having sold more on our travels from British Columbia to our new home in Manitoba this summer and having left a number for sale at the Orange Toad Coffee House and Bookstore in Flin Flon, Manitoba. We were very impressed with this state-of-the-art facility in small town Manitoba that publishes so many best-selling books.

Below is a slide show documenting what we encountered during this special day.

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Friesens banking on books

Friesens banking on books

We are reprinting an article from the Winnipeg Free Press concerning the impressive Friesens Corporation which published Ian’s memoir, From Poverty to Poverty: A Scotsman Encounters Canada. Our next posting will deal with a recent trip we took to see the presses in motion and to pick up more copies of Ian’s book.

ALTONA — More than 20 million copies of the Robert Munsch children’s classic Love You Forever have come off the presses of Friesens Corp. in Altona since the book was first published in 1986. With the new Manroland XXL press Friesens unveiled Tuesday, it will be able to print any press run four times as fast.

Source: Friesens banking on books

Okay, I Think We’re Done… For Now!

Source: Okay, I Think We’re Done… For Now!

Impressive press release from a writer friend. We’ve already ordered his books!