A source of endless confusion, the Liberals should drop their “middle class” rhetoric before it backfires

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Sean Kilpatrick, CP. "For a decade, middle class struggles were simply swept under the rug," Finance minister Bill Morneau says to parliament, prompting jeers from the opposition. "But the good news is that Canadians—on their own accord—worked hard and persevered. We have always been resilient and innovative, able to adapt—and … Continue reading A source of endless confusion, the Liberals should drop their “middle class” rhetoric before it backfires

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Trudeau’s walkback on electoral reform is bait. Will the opposition bite?

Except we've seen this routine before: the prime minister implies something fairly explosive — a walkback, a reversal, something radical — only to then do as expected only after the opposition has lowered the public's expectations for him with hours of chanting, groveling and desk-banging.

How to fix a broken NDP

By Richard Forbes. Despite rumours that he might face a coup d'état, interim party leader Tom Mulcair left the NDP's Montreal caucus meeting yesterday assuring the press that he had the 'unanimous' support of his caucus to remain as leader until the new party leader is chosen next year. He also set out to reset … Continue reading How to fix a broken NDP

House erupts, frustration blooms over opposition “mischief”

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image from Reuters (Chris Wattie.) It's a tense, trying afternoon in Ottawa. Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc reads a controversial motion to the House of Commons over shouting and cries of shame – the Speaker interrupts, addressing the fury of the opposition benches, “Colleagues, we just heard arguments about the tyranny … Continue reading House erupts, frustration blooms over opposition “mischief”

The Leap Manifesto Isn’t Radical per Se, It’s Just Stupid

By Richard Forbes, Editor. 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 Twitter at @richardjforbes.