Islanders will have to decide whether democracy needs an overhaul — as will we

By Danielle M. Cameron. “I believe fundamentally that we can do better," Justin Trudeau told an Ottawa University audience, just months ago. "We can have an electoral system that does a better job of reflecting the concerns, the voices of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and give us a better level of governance," … Continue reading Islanders will have to decide whether democracy needs an overhaul — as will we

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We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

By Richard Forbes. Fair-haired Prince George, dressed (against his will, presumably) as a WWII era schoolboy, is greeted at Vancouver's coastal flight centre by a gentle giant smiling fondly; the giant, the one they call the prime minister here, bends down, raising his hand for a high five... No takers. ...Trudeau lowers his hand, going for the 'low … Continue reading We’re stuck with the royals, so let’s make the most of it

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

Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec

By Chelsea Craig. Recent calls for a second Scottish independence referendum have been stirring a conversation among Quebec’s chattering classes who’ve been hard at work this past week drawing comparisons between Scotland’s and la belle province’s own quest to become a sovereign state. Setting aside the obvious legal distinction between Scotland, which is a country … Continue reading Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec

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?

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

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