A source of endless confusion, the Liberals should drop their “middle class” rhetoric before it backfires

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Sean Kilpatrick, CP. "For a decade, middle class struggles were simply swept under the rug," Finance minister Bill Morneau says to parliament, prompting jeers from the opposition. "But the good news is that Canadians—on their own accord—worked hard and persevered. We have always been resilient and innovative, able to adapt—and … Continue reading A source of endless confusion, the Liberals should drop their “middle class” rhetoric before it backfires

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Reforming the Senate, one step at a time

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Christopher Pike, Toronto Star. Here at the Ribbon, we like big ideas and it will take a whole helluva lot of big ideas to fix the Senate. The much beleaguered Red Chamber - Canada's chamber of 'sober second thought' - has been in the crosshairs of constitutional reformers since … Continue reading Reforming the Senate, one step at a time

If Canada is reopening the abortion debate, let’s finish it once and for all

By Richard Forbes. Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a bill last week in the House of Commons to cull the Criminal Code of so-called 'zombie laws' - laws that have been found unconstitutional and effectively nullified by courts in the past but remained on the books unenforced without repeal. One of these zombie laws that … Continue reading If Canada is reopening the abortion debate, let’s finish it once and for all

Kevin O’Leary reportedly to run for MP in Dufferin-Caledon

By Richard Forbes. Orangeville, Ontario - Rumours coming from the Dufferin-Caledon Conservative riding association suggest executives there are discussing a bid by Conservative front-runner Kevin O'Leary to replace Conservative MP David Tilson. Turning seventy six this Sunday, David Tilson is the oldest sitting Member of Parliament - representing the Dufferin area for thirteen years as … Continue reading Kevin O’Leary reportedly to run for MP in Dufferin-Caledon

Don’t count Kathleen Wynne out just yet

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Frank Gunn. In a momentous mea culpa, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and other ministers spent last week addressing what they called 'the elephant in the room': 'gee, I know we've been avoiding the subject, guys,' they said with some contrition, 'but we really do care - honest!' That elephant … Continue reading Don’t count Kathleen Wynne out just yet

O’Leary is far from the only Canadian who can’t speak French – and that’s a problem

By Chelsea Craig & Richard Forbes. Featured image via John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette.  "Mes amis Quebecois, le français c'est important pour moi," Kevin O'Leary read clumsily from a memo to the Montreal audience; the presumed front-runner in a race of fourteen candidates vying for the federal Conservative party leadership, O'Leary was responding to those who had … Continue reading O’Leary is far from the only Canadian who can’t speak French – and that’s a problem