“Unite the Right,” sure, but grow up while you’re at it

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via David Bloom, Postmedia. Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here in the presence of God and this company to join Alberta's Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose party in the holy bonds of matrimony.  (We'll ignore the naughty implication of a same-sex marriage.) It was never a certainty even when … Continue reading “Unite the Right,” sure, but grow up while you’re at it

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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

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?

Kevin O’Leary’s path to victory and what it means for Canada

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via  Jonathan Hayward, CP. If you're reading this you've survived the first twenty four hours of a Trump administration and in that respect congratulations are in order. God help us. Yesterday felt very much like a funeral for American democracy: people put on brave faces, the mood was somber, priests … Continue reading Kevin O’Leary’s path to victory and what it means for Canada

Alberta doesn’t need Jason Kenney, Jason Kenney needs Alberta

By Mary Medinsky. Featured image via Jeff McIntosh, CP. Jason Kenney took the stage yesterday at Calgary's Clarion Hotel to break the worst kept secret in Canada: Jason Kenney, former Harper 'lieutenant', will be jumping from his life (and his seat) in federal politics back to Alberta to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in a … Continue reading Alberta doesn’t need Jason Kenney, Jason Kenney needs Alberta