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

A BC Green-NDP deal paves the way for democratic reform

Featured image via Chad Hipolito, CP. By Richard Forbes. Seated together at Westhills Stadium, the BC NDP's John Horgan and the BC Green's Andrew Weaver watched New Zealand beat Canada, 17-7, at the World Rugby Sevens Series this Sunday. The topic of the hour between Horgan and Weaver? Not politics, we were assured. An assurance that … Continue reading A BC Green-NDP deal paves the way for democratic reform

For the new CPC leader, campaign promises will soon become baggage

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Justin Tang, CP. Hurrah. We've survived. The end is upon us, err - the end of the Conservative leadership race to replace Stephen Harper, this is - not the end of the world (notwithstanding a Trump-induced nuclear apocalypse.) Thought to be the frontrunner and the 'smart money' presumptive, Maxime Bernier's … Continue reading For the new CPC leader, campaign promises will soon become baggage

Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Justin Tang, CP. In a bid to meet one of his party's most controversial promises, the Trudeau government tabled its cannabis legislation last week. The Cannabis Act would restrict the sale of cannabis to those over the age of eighteen with limited allowances for possession and homegrown production. The plan … Continue reading Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

For war-torn Syria, a diplomatic solution is the only solution

By Richard Forbes. It's fair to say despite political unrest in Syria, the UK and Sweden, a slow news week had crept passed us Canadians by hump day. We - exhausted with the antics of our southern neighbor's president - were resigned to enjoying the finer things in life beyond Donald Trump. Speaking of chutzpah: … Continue reading For war-torn Syria, a diplomatic solution is the only solution

Reforming the House of Commons will require more patience than Trudeau gave electoral reform

By Richard Forbes. Confusion erupted across the House of Commons as the opposition's standing ovation continued for several minutes. The stall tactic, a naked and dramatic attempt at upstaging Morneau's budget speech with concerns of their own, helped to direct public attention to the government's hopes to change how parliament works. For the past twenty … Continue reading Reforming the House of Commons will require more patience than Trudeau gave electoral reform

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

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

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