This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via CP. On making O Canada, 'gender-neutral,' someone once said, "Honourable senators, it is clear to me that we all have a stake in ensuring the equality of opportunity for future generations. We need to show Canadians that parliamentarians have the will to give real meaning to equality for all Canadians." … Continue reading This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

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Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Nanaimo Bulletin.  While our neighbors south of the border argue about who to let in, Canada remains an open society, one that welcomes newcomers and encourages immigration. Together, we've worked to build the country we now have today, one hundred and fifty years later. Since the very start, Canada has … Continue reading Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

Analysis: Recent polls spell trouble for Lisée’s Parti Québécois

Taking some time away from the Fête nationale, Qc125.com founder and poll analyst PJ Fournier was a good sport in answering our questions regarding the latest Quebec polls. "Is the ground shifting under the PQ's feet? Is a coalition a possibility? What region of Quebec could be decisive come next election?" PJ Fournier answers... Last month, the … Continue reading Analysis: Recent polls spell trouble for Lisée’s Parti Québécois

An Epilogue for America: How Canada went from “here to help” to “here to lead”

By Danielle M. Cameron & Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Evan Vucci. "We are the leaders of the free and democratic world and this does not seem to be an excellent example of democracy we are setting." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1956. In a League of Its Own Schoolkids flood the squeaky Jeffersonian halls as their … Continue reading An Epilogue for America: How Canada went from “here to help” to “here to lead”

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

Macron, the Justin Trudeau we’ve been waiting for?

By Eli Ridder. With an approval rating in the mid-sixties, Justin Trudeau, then forty-three, made his first impression on the international political stage; his appearance spelling - as the papers described it - “a sea of change” for “positive politics.” Headlines for newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron read, not dissimilarly, “a new hope” and “saviour of the EU.” … Continue reading Macron, the Justin Trudeau we’ve been waiting for?

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