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

Reforming the House of Commons will require more patience than Trudeau gave electoral reform

By Richard Forbes. Confusion erupted across the House of Commons as the opposition's standing ovation continued for several minutes. The stall tactic, a naked and dramatic attempt at upstaging Morneau's budget speech with concerns of their own, helped to direct public attention to the government's hopes to change how parliament works. For the past twenty … Continue reading Reforming the House of Commons will require more patience than Trudeau gave electoral reform

From one disappointed reformer to another: why you shouldn’t give up on Trudeau

By Richard Forbes. Make no mistake, I was positively livid when Democratic Institutions minister Karina Gould announced the Liberals were backing away from their electoral reform pledge. While not a central plank of the Liberals' campaign platform, electoral reform had offered a tantalizing prospect of 'real change' - hopes which were dashed that morning by Gould's … Continue reading From one disappointed reformer to another: why you shouldn’t give up on Trudeau

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

Elizabeth May shares her hopes for a consensus-based parliament: Interview

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Canadian Press. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) is wrapping up its panels today, hearing from David McLaughlin, formerly Chief of Staff to Brian Mulroney, in addition to professor Craig Scott and Graham Fox, president of policy think tank, the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP.) From … Continue reading Elizabeth May shares her hopes for a consensus-based parliament: Interview

Nathan Cullen seeks common ground on electoral reform: Interview

By Richard Forbes. Today, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) will hear from a number of witnesses, including Ed Broadbent, former NDP leader and founder of Broadbent Institute. Thus it's rather appropriate that our series of interviews, Inside the ERRE, will hear from Nathan Cullen next, one of the leading members of the NDP caucus. Past … Continue reading Nathan Cullen seeks common ground on electoral reform: Interview

“Let the people decide,” says Gérard Deltell: Interview

By Richard Forbes. Continuing our series of interviews, Inside the ERRE, with members of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, we were lucky enough to get in touch with Gérard Deltell to discuss his thoughts on this recent push by the Liberals to reform Canada's voting system. The ERRE has already heard from professors Barry Cooper, Nicole Goodman … Continue reading “Let the people decide,” says Gérard Deltell: Interview

Inside the ERRE with Chair Francis Scarpaleggia: Interview

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Postmedia. For the first of a series of interviews, Inside the ERRE, we spoke with committee chair Francis Scarpaleggia. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) is an all party, high profile committee set to return to 1 Wellington Street today for yet another busy session of expert panels, … Continue reading Inside the ERRE with Chair Francis Scarpaleggia: Interview

With Its Future Held in the Balance, the Senate Needs Allies Not Foes

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured Image via McGill. Richard Forbes graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy. 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 … Continue reading With Its Future Held in the Balance, the Senate Needs Allies Not Foes