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

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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

The unmaking of a president

By Richard Forbes. As I sip my morning coffee, my aunt says, not “good morning” or ask “how did you sleep?” – no, the first words I heard over breakfast were, “Could Donald Trump resign from the race? I was up last night wondering if he could just... you know...give up.” Oh, what forty eight … Continue reading The unmaking of a president

Neither party leaves Scarborough-Rouge River unscathed

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Chris Young, CP. Ontario's Progressive Conservatives saw their first victory under new leader Patrick Brown this past week in a by-election in Scarborough-Rouge River. But at what cost? Raymond Cho arrives late in the evening to his campaign office, formerly known as Babhi's Beauty Salon (“Hair and Skin Care … Continue reading Neither party leaves Scarborough-Rouge River unscathed

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

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

Neglected and Despaired, Cross Lake Is an Early Test for Trudeau

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Jeff McIntosh, CP. 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 … Continue reading Neglected and Despaired, Cross Lake Is an Early Test for Trudeau