If Canada needed an example of everything wrong with referendums, Brexit is it

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Niklas Halle'n. As Britain waits anxiously for a conclusion to the EU referendum, a growing chorus has emerged bemoaning the referendum itself. Critics will note the referendum was a hasty campaign promise from Prime Minister David Cameron to put a 'Brexit' to a public vote – some election pork to … Continue reading If Canada needed an example of everything wrong with referendums, Brexit is it

Signs of a changing parliament

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Neil Robertson. As Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef took her seat in the House of Commons, having just risen in defense of the government, the unexpected happened: Silence fell over the ranks. The minister sat without the Liberal caucus cheering, clapping, jeering, banging, dancing, hallooing, or any of the other juvenile … Continue reading Signs of a changing parliament

Progress, or the Lack of, on Election Reform

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