Our thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the new NDP leader

The Ribbon's Richard Forbes, Danielle M Cameron, and Elias Weiss discuss Jagmeet Singh, the new federal NDP leader after his landslide win last Sunday to become party leader. Is Singh a good move on the NDP’s part? Elias: Depends. Singh was, in my opinion, the best pick for the NDP, someone I could theoretically see myself … Continue reading Our thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the new NDP leader

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Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Justin Tang, CP. In a bid to meet one of his party's most controversial promises, the Trudeau government tabled its cannabis legislation last week. The Cannabis Act would restrict the sale of cannabis to those over the age of eighteen with limited allowances for possession and homegrown production. The plan … Continue reading Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

The new Supreme Court justice has (probably) been chosen

By Richard Forbes. MP Rob Nicholson's opposition motion may have backfired yesterday, spectacularly so even. The Conservative submitted a motion to the House to goad the Liberals over their Supreme Court nomination. It reads: That the House call on the government to respect the custom of regional representation when making appointments to the Supreme Court … Continue reading The new Supreme Court justice has (probably) been chosen

Safety first: Fixing the NEB’s public trust deficit

By Steve Santerre. Featured image via Paul Chiasson.  The National Energy Board’s (NEB) plan of holding a week-long environmental assessment hearing in Montreal on the subject of building a 4,500-kilometre pipeline stretching from Alberta to New Brunswick came to a forceful halt on Tuesday. The NEB suspended hearings indefinitely because of the “violent disruption on … Continue reading Safety first: Fixing the NEB’s public trust deficit

The Morning After… Brexit?

By Richard Forbes. The stomachs of viewers bottomed out with fear, shock, surprise or genuine excitement. The results for Sunderland (now anxiously worried for the fate of its Nissan plant) had just been announced, revealing a resounding win for the “Leave” camp. As the night went on, the shock and despair among the “Remain” camp … Continue reading The Morning After… Brexit?

2016: A Budget of Winners and Will-See’s

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Adrian Wyld, 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 … Continue reading 2016: A Budget of Winners and Will-See’s

More “Soft” Federalism May Not Be the Answer to Climate Change

Richard Forbes considers a "Chrétien for the Climate"...  By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Elizabeth McSheffrey.     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 … Continue reading More “Soft” Federalism May Not Be the Answer to Climate Change

As Far as Ideas Go, O’Leary’s Energy East Referendum is Remarkably Daft

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured image via Adrian Wyld, CP. 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 … Continue reading As Far as Ideas Go, O’Leary’s Energy East Referendum is Remarkably Daft

When Budget Politics & Federalism Meet: Bombardier’s Lousy, Irrefusable Deal

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured Image via Alexandre Gouger. 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 … Continue reading When Budget Politics & Federalism Meet: Bombardier’s Lousy, Irrefusable Deal