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

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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

We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

By Richard Forbes. Fair-haired Prince George, dressed (against his will, presumably) as a WWII era schoolboy, is greeted at Vancouver's coastal flight centre by a gentle giant smiling fondly; the giant, the one they call the prime minister here, bends down, raising his hand for a high five... No takers. ...Trudeau lowers his hand, going for the 'low … Continue reading We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

How would a “carbon neutral” federal government work, anyhow?

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?