In a rational world, tax avoidance would be a bipartisan issue

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Ben Nelms, CP. Parliament is back in session but you would hardly know summer was over from the top of the agenda: Finance Minister Bill Morneau's tax reform proposal was a hot topic among Canadians when it was first unveiled in August but the Tories - having sensed a … Continue reading In a rational world, tax avoidance would be a bipartisan issue

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Trudeau’s record – success or failure – will be judged by his efforts at reconciliation

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Radio Canada. Recent changes to the Indigenous Affairs ministry have engendered a response as complex as the development itself. By splitting the Indigenous Affairs into two departments - one headed by the former minister Carolyn Bennett now overseeing Crown-Indigenous relations and a new department, headed by former Health minister … Continue reading Trudeau’s record – success or failure – will be judged by his efforts at reconciliation

“Unite the Right,” sure, but grow up while you’re at it

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via David Bloom, Postmedia. Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here in the presence of God and this company to join Alberta's Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose party in the holy bonds of matrimony.  (We'll ignore the naughty implication of a same-sex marriage.) It was never a certainty even when … Continue reading “Unite the Right,” sure, but grow up while you’re at it

The state visit we’ve all been waiting for

By Elias Weiss. President Trump has escaped, sorry, ‘embarked’ on a whirlwind two-day visit to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War. This comes, of course, after damning evidence surfaced that his oldest “high-quality person” son, Donald Trump Jr. had accepted a meeting with a Kremlin insider … Continue reading The state visit we’ve all been waiting for

How I stopped worrying and learned to love the duck

By Richard Forbes. It was as if it was scripted, a mere scene in a film depicting life in Ontario. A middle aged man stands on the harbourfront in Owen Sound, his oversized Kodak camera slung over his polo shirt; he turns to the stranger beside him, seemingly compelled to make a remark as if … Continue reading How I stopped worrying and learned to love the duck

This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via CP. On making O Canada, 'gender-neutral,' someone once said, "Honourable senators, it is clear to me that we all have a stake in ensuring the equality of opportunity for future generations. We need to show Canadians that parliamentarians have the will to give real meaning to equality for all Canadians." … Continue reading This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Nanaimo Bulletin.  While our neighbors south of the border argue about who to let in, Canada remains an open society, one that welcomes newcomers and encourages immigration. Together, we've worked to build the country we now have today, one hundred and fifty years later. Since the very start, Canada has … Continue reading Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

Analysis: Recent polls spell trouble for Lisée’s Parti Québécois

Taking some time away from the Fête nationale, Qc125.com founder and poll analyst PJ Fournier was a good sport in answering our questions regarding the latest Quebec polls. "Is the ground shifting under the PQ's feet? Is a coalition a possibility? What region of Quebec could be decisive come next election?" PJ Fournier answers... Last month, the … Continue reading Analysis: Recent polls spell trouble for Lisée’s Parti Québécois

An Epilogue for America: How Canada went from “here to help” to “here to lead”

By Danielle M. Cameron & Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Evan Vucci. "We are the leaders of the free and democratic world and this does not seem to be an excellent example of democracy we are setting." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1956. In a League of Its Own Schoolkids flood the squeaky Jeffersonian halls as their … Continue reading An Epilogue for America: How Canada went from “here to help” to “here to lead”

Wynne’s Liberals lay groundwork for re-election, Corbyn-style

By Richard Forbes. "In a surprise announcement today, the Wynne government has announced its intentions to raise the Ontario minimum wage to $15 an hour," says the voice on the radio with all the rolling cadence the reporter could muster. My co-worker turns the dial up, leaning in intently - her face coloured with disbelief. … Continue reading Wynne’s Liberals lay groundwork for re-election, Corbyn-style