Opinion

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Saudi monarchy beats Venezuelan democracy

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans began validating their signatures on a petition demanding a recall referendum on elected president, Nicolas Maduro. Food riots are breaking out and the capital, Caracas, has the highest murder rate of any city in the world. Many citizens expect a revolution.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Why our leaders ignore ‘Islamist’ terror

What compels politicians like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to deny the reality that Islamist terrorism was a key part of the Orlando massacre?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Trudeau Liberals primed for barbecue season

There was good, bad and more than a bit of ugly in the first sitting of Canada's 42nd parliament. On balance, however, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals are hitting the 2016 barbecue circuit with a breeze at their backs -- as much because of how they've adjusted to mistakes, as their successes.

Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament square in London on June 16, 2016. Cox died after a shock daylight street attack, throwing campaigning for the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union into disarray just a week before the crucial vote. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Shame on Brexit leaders as silence speaks volumes

U.K.'s Parliament met in London, England Monday, so MPs of every party could express their horror and disgust at the murder last Thursday of their colleague Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. And everybody did, including leaders of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. But up to that point, the Brexit leaders had said

The so-called elbow gate incident at the House of Commons on May 18. House of Commons image

Liberals elbow their way to Senate C-14 approval

It was curious to see the reaction Friday, as the Senate engaged in a final day of debate over Bill C-14, which Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott had shepherded into existence at breakneck speed, under the threat of a June 6 Supreme Court deadline that had come and gone. The response to the final vote of 44-28

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks to the media on March 22, 2016. Antonella Artuso/Postmedia Network

Government figures out your spending priorities

Federal and provincial finance ministers are convening in Vancouver this week to decide how much you should save for retirement. Special interest groups representing seniors and organized labour will likely be there to help. The only ones missing will be regular Canadians.

In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Pauline Marois announces her retirement after the Parti Québécois was voted out of government in a Quebec election. François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images

Secularism proposal

When the Parti Québécois went down to defeat in April 2014, its odious values charter went down with it. Now, Jean-François Lisée is bringing it back onto the public agenda -- although given that his party is in opposition, it's more insult than injury.

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Ontario's lotteries gambling on youth

Data released Wednesday by Elections Canada show a sharp surge in the number of young people who voted in last year's federal election -- evidence, many argue, of the deep engagement youth feel for national politics. As Jane Hilderman of Samara Canada argues, political parties can no longer ignore the 18-to-24 demographic when developing platforms

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Politicians can no longer ignore young voters

The official numbers are in from Elections Canada, and they deliver a significant blow to the myth of youth apathy. In the 2015 federal election, 57 per cent of young Canadians voted, an incredible 18 percentage point jump from the previous election. October 2015 may be the last election in which politicians dismiss young people as not worth their

Canadian foreign minister Stephane Dion on May 25, 2016. AFP Photo/KHALED DESOUKI

Dion's policy on genocide confused on many fronts

Wednesday, fielding questions from Conservative MP Jason Kenney, Foreign Minister Stephane Dion insisted his government lacked the evidence to say the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is guilty of genocide. Thursday, the minister flip-flopped, in the face of a new UN report providing conclusive evidence thereof.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) attends a meeting with and European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (C) during a European Union leaders summit addressing the so-called Brexit on February 19, 2016. YVES HERMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Reports of EU's death being greatly exaggerated

How's this for apocalyptic? "As a historian I fear Brexit (a British vote to leave the European Union in the referendum June 23) could be beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also Western political civilization in its entirety," said Donald Tusk, president of the European Union, in an interview in the German newspaper Bild.