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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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

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

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

The Tories have lost the plot. This is an intervention.

By Elias Weiss. Featured image via Marnie Recker. I am deeply worried about the Conservative Party of Canada. To be frank, I’ve been worried for a little while now, but this week was a tipping point. I feel a deep responsibility as a Canadian to step up and say it loud and clear: Tories, we need … Continue reading The Tories have lost the plot. This is an intervention.

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”