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

Without changing course, the Conservatives will split

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via  Justin Tang. This year's Manning Centre Conference has been as good an indication as any of just how far adrift the party really is. The conference's eponymous founder and keynote speaker, Preston Manning, the former leader of Canada's Reform Party, dismissed the possibility of a party divide at this … Continue reading Without changing course, the Conservatives will split

Could Russia exploit Canada’s “shattered mirror”?

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Hannah Yoon, CP. If nothing else it's become clear over the past few weeks that the only thing standing between the awesome power of the Oval Office and the deranged circus act of its new ringleader is the free press - among them, the New York Times and the … Continue reading Could Russia exploit Canada’s “shattered mirror”?

From one disappointed reformer to another: why you shouldn’t give up on Trudeau

By Richard Forbes. Make no mistake, I was positively livid when Democratic Institutions minister Karina Gould announced the Liberals were backing away from their electoral reform pledge. While not a central plank of the Liberals' campaign platform, electoral reform had offered a tantalizing prospect of 'real change' - hopes which were dashed that morning by Gould's … Continue reading From one disappointed reformer to another: why you shouldn’t give up on Trudeau

Signing a health agreement with Ottawa: which province is next?

By Richard Forbes. It was supposed to have been healthcare's "fix for a generation" or so the prime minister, then Paul Martin, had said. Nothing could have characterized the Martin government better than the loose jaw-jaw, full of indecision, contradiction and publicity, which bore his Health Accord in the fall of 2004 - the product … Continue reading Signing a health agreement with Ottawa: which province is next?

Terror for a post-truth world

Tragedy struck Sainte-Foy, Québec City this past Sunday. A masked gunman entered a busy local mosque, the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, and opened fire on a night prayer. As a result of his violent act of terror, six were killed and nineteen were injured. Soon after, we learnt that the accused, Alexandre Bissonnette, was a … Continue reading Terror for a post-truth world

Sooner or later, Canada will have to wake the sleeping elephant

By Richard Forbes. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. - Pierre Trudeau. Under the ominous hashtag, #muslimban, Americans and people all around the world tweeted … Continue reading Sooner or later, Canada will have to wake the sleeping elephant

A better way to reform our electoral system

By Richard Forbes. Like all great 'eureka' moments, this one came to me in the bath while thinking about water levels; to reheat a bath, you lower the water level and run the hot water simultaneously - and with that thought, the basic structure of a very different kind of electoral reform proposal was born. … Continue reading A better way to reform our electoral system