The new Supreme Court justice has (probably) been chosen

By Richard Forbes. MP Rob Nicholson's opposition motion may have backfired yesterday, spectacularly so even. The Conservative submitted a motion to the House to goad the Liberals over their Supreme Court nomination. It reads: That the House call on the government to respect the custom of regional representation when making appointments to the Supreme Court … Continue reading The new Supreme Court justice has (probably) been chosen

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We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

By Richard Forbes. Fair-haired Prince George, dressed (against his will, presumably) as a WWII era schoolboy, is greeted at Vancouver's coastal flight centre by a gentle giant smiling fondly; the giant, the one they call the prime minister here, bends down, raising his hand for a high five... No takers. ...Trudeau lowers his hand, going for the 'low … Continue reading We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

Behold, scandals as lame as they come

By Richard Forbes. Members gathered on the hill this week to resume their time-honoured tradition of slagging each other with the new fall sitting of parliament; it was a slow, humdrum performance on the part of those involved, with most of the opposition's distinguished critics having being relegated to the backbenches as they seek to win … Continue reading Behold, scandals as lame as they come

With the clock ticking, the Liberals must step up their deliverology

By Richard Forbes. The House of Commons is back in session as of yesterday with the Liberals already facing criticism from some that it may not be making progress on its ambitious agenda. Certainly, there have been some exceptions: the government has negotiated an expansion of the CPP, it's achieved its target to resettle 25,000 … Continue reading With the clock ticking, the Liberals must step up their deliverology

What does it mean to be a feminist, anyways?

By Chelsea Craig. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked some controversy by attending a gender segregated mosque – Ottawa's oldest – this past week. To his credit, Trudeau acknowledged the divide, raising his hand to address the crowd of women on the balcony, saying “Diversity is a source of strength, not just a source of weakness, … Continue reading What does it mean to be a feminist, anyways?

How to fix a broken NDP

By Richard Forbes. Despite rumours that he might face a coup d'état, interim party leader Tom Mulcair left the NDP's Montreal caucus meeting yesterday assuring the press that he had the 'unanimous' support of his caucus to remain as leader until the new party leader is chosen next year. He also set out to reset … Continue reading How to fix a broken NDP

Restoring Canada’s peacekeeping tradition means reinventing it

By Ronny Al-Nosir. The Trudeau Administration is set to revive the country's legacy of peacekeeping in its efforts to reengage Canada with ongoing conflicts in Africa. Justin Trudeau’s oft-quoted phrase, “Canada is back”, is a very strong indicator of his intentions: a return to what made Canada the country it is today. But to do … Continue reading Restoring Canada’s peacekeeping tradition means reinventing it

Canada may be “back” but the hate is still here

By Richard Forbes. A chill has settled through the countryside; the leaves curling, the autumn, unreliable at best and - if papers are to be believed - the public's mood towards immigration has cooled. This Saturday's Toronto Star headline read “Canadians Favour Screening Immigrants” which, as Maclean's Colin Horgan and Abacus Data's Bruce Anderson have said, makes … Continue reading Canada may be “back” but the hate is still here

Fearing protectionist backlash, the G20 dawdles on crucial policy files

By Elias Weiss. This was the way the latest of G20 Summits was always meant to end: not with a bang, but a whimper. The two day summit held annually is an opportunity for the G7 nations to meet up with both emerging and industrialized countries to discuss key issues regarding the global economy. Together, G20 economies … Continue reading Fearing protectionist backlash, the G20 dawdles on crucial policy files

Neither party leaves Scarborough-Rouge River unscathed

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Chris Young, CP. Ontario's Progressive Conservatives saw their first victory under new leader Patrick Brown this past week in a by-election in Scarborough-Rouge River. But at what cost? Raymond Cho arrives late in the evening to his campaign office, formerly known as Babhi's Beauty Salon (“Hair and Skin Care … Continue reading Neither party leaves Scarborough-Rouge River unscathed