Ending the Alberta-B.C. Trade War

By Richard Forbes. When the NDP's John Horgan formed a laser-slim minority government last July in British Columbia, the fate of both the Trans Mountain extension and the Site C dam seemed under jeopardy. Since Horgan and his political bedfellows, the Greens, both strongly opposed the expansion of Trans Mountain during the spring election, naturally … Continue reading Ending the Alberta-B.C. Trade War

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A week the Ontario PCs will live to regret

By Richard Forbes. Demonstrating its reputed propensity for self-destruction in dramatic fashion, last week couldn't have ended sooner for Ontario's Progressive Conservatives. From Wednesday, 9:45 PM to 12:00 PM, this Monday, the Tories have spent the past few days hemorrhaging public credibility like a car pissing coolant. At the centre of the unfolding disaster is … Continue reading A week the Ontario PCs will live to regret

Will Canada’s millennials still back the Liberals in 2019?

By Richard Forbes. When debate this February surrounded the Liberals' decision to walk back on its electoral reform promise, Abacus Data's David Coletto responded to Robyn Urback in an op-ed to argue that the data was clear:  millennials were standing firm with the party they helped to elect them, despite breaking their electoral reform pledge. … Continue reading Will Canada’s millennials still back the Liberals in 2019?

With Bill 62, Canadian federalism faces a test of its resolve

By Richard Forbes. You'll find no support (at best, sympathy) for Bill 62 in this editorial. The Couillard government's controversial "An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality," also known as Bill 62, is a heavy-handed bludgeon against religious accommodation in desperate need of a justification, the full brunt of which is aimed at … Continue reading With Bill 62, Canadian federalism faces a test of its resolve

Why the Liberals are taking a hit at the polls: A closer analysis

By Richard Forbes. Who could have predicted then that two years after "Sunny Ways, My Friends," the prime minister and an entourage of ministers and staffers would spend their Monday being driven to a family pizzeria in Stouffville? There Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government would meet its prior commitment to lowering small … Continue reading Why the Liberals are taking a hit at the polls: A closer analysis

Energy East was never the “nation building” project we made it out to be

By Richard Forbes. It was well past one o'clock in the morning when John Henry Pope - at that time, acting Minister of Railways - arrived by carriage to twist the arm of the then-prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald, forcing him to reconsider a loan, however reluctantly, to keep the Canadian Pacific project afloat.1 Sir … Continue reading Energy East was never the “nation building” project we made it out to be

Our thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the new NDP leader

The Ribbon's Richard Forbes, Danielle M Cameron, and Elias Weiss discuss Jagmeet Singh, the new federal NDP leader after his landslide win last Sunday to become party leader. Is Singh a good move on the NDP’s part? Elias: Depends. Singh was, in my opinion, the best pick for the NDP, someone I could theoretically see myself … Continue reading Our thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the new NDP leader

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

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