Opinion

Green Party leader Elizabeth May. (REUTERS/Adrian Wyld/Pool/Files)

Progress on one 'ism', failure on another

An inspiring YouTube video from Equal Voice has been making the rounds of late, featuring several female Canadian MPs -- from Tory Lisa Raitt to Liberal Catherine McKenna to Green Leader Elizabeth May -- talking to their "20-year-old" selves about success in the political and other arenas.

Nigel Farage (L), Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) take part in a plenary session at the European Parliament on the outcome of the "Brexit" summit, in Brussels February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Here's three Brexit concerns for Canada

Carleton University political scientist Elliot Tepper likes to say that it all began "with a lump of coal" -- a reference to the European Coal and Steel Community that brought a handful of countries, including Britain, into partnership in 1951. Now, he says, "British voters have given the EU a lump of coal."

Francis Scarpaleggia. (Postmedia Network)

Electoral reform MPs eerily functional, for now

It's too soon to tell whether the 12 members of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform -- handpicked by their respective parties to spend the summer scrutinizing the math and mechanics underlying how Canadians vote -- are being punished for past transgressions.