Irony and hypocrisy are close bedfellows. Both were evident in extraordinary ways in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Less than one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked two strong women out of the Liberal caucus for telling the truth about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, 338 young women — called Daughters of the Vote — sat in the members’ seats in the Commons with the stated aim of inspiring young women to participate in politics.
What these young women leaders — one from every federal riding in the country — undoubtedly learned, however, was that politics can be a punitive career for women of conscience and conviction. If you have the courage to be a whistleblower in order to protect the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence, for instance, be prepared to have your career blown away.