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

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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