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
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
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?
By Caitlin Sylvia & Richard Forbes. In a week where agreements have proved rare and elusive, one appears to have been tentatively reached in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dispute between indigenous peoples and Newfoundland and Labrador. Protesters in Labrador and in Ottawa, through standoffs and hunger strikes, had been raising public attention around the potential … Continue reading On Muskrat Falls, province traces a path to reconciliation
The word is out and it's not good for the prime minister, or – as he's been called a lot recently – Harper 2.0.
By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Adrian Wyld, CP. This time last week the federal government was announcing the official launch for the long anticipated inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The launch took place at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, with three ministers at hand, who shared their thoughts and their hopes … Continue reading We mustn’t let the stories of missing and murdered aboriginal women go forgotten
By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Adrian Wyld, CP. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna dropped a large trial balloon last month when she said she hoped to see the federal government become 'carbon neutral' in the future. It appears her low key musings though may have been missed during all the fun of the Three Amigos summit. … Continue reading How would a “carbon neutral” federal government work, anyhow?
By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Wikipedia Commons. Richard Forbes studied Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. Winner of the Peter Woolstencroft Prize in Canadian Politics (2015). This article was lovingly typed on his 1949 Royal Quiet De Luxe – made in Canada; when typewriters were tanks, Newfoundland became a province and St Laurent was PM. Follow him on … Continue reading Progress, or the Lack of, on Election Reform