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Trading chambers? Senate clerk tapped for top Commons gig

Jun 14 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Longtime Senate procedural officer Charles Robert may soon be trading in his Upper House robes for a seat at the head of the Commons table. On Tuesday evening, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger filed the necessary parliamentary paperwork to nominate Robert, who is currently chief Senate clerk, to take over the most senior procedural posting […]

Political financing 101: What’s the government up to on the cash-for-access ban front?

Jun 6 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Last week, the Liberals finally revealed the details of their much-ballyhooed legislative bid to tighten the rules on federal party financing. The proposed new laws were put forward in response to continuing controversy over so-called “cash for access” fundraisers: exclusive soirees that charged up to $1,550 a head for the chance to hobnob with cabinet […]

British Columbia could be headed for a Parliamentary crisis

Jun 2 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Welcome to the first week of our post-Conservative leadership race lift, Vice readers! Before getting to your (pointed) questions on the affable-seeming Saskatchewanian who ultimately prevailed on the 13th round of vote-counting, I must sheepishly return to a question that was — most awkwardly, as it turned out — left waiting in the queue last […]

So-cons deserve answers from Scheer

May 29 2017 — Kady O'Malley — So, let’s lay out the standard caveats, disclaimers and generally accepted facts first: While we can – and doubtless will – debate exactly how much of a factor they collectively proved to be in clenching victory for Andrew Scheer, there seems little doubt that the 15 per cent or so of social-conservative voters who initially […]

Three ways the Conservative leadership vote could still get interesting

May 23 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Up until a month ago, it was still possible to make the case that — despite being relatively free of the high-wire political dramatics common to old-school delegated conventions of yesteryear — the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader was on track to end in a classic photo finish. While pugnacious media personality […]

Ask Kady anything: Who will end up governing British Columbia?

May 11 2017 — Kady O'Malley — What with the sudden onset of electorate-induced uncertainty on the west coast, it seems like the perfect excuse to dive into what is, in my admittedly biased opinion, one of the dependably fascinating sub-genres of parliamentary speculative non-fiction. First, a very quick rundown of the fundamental rules of engagement for anyone who has managed to […]

Ask Kady Anything: Will Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan lose his job?

May 4 2017 — Kady O'Malley — For any readers out there who may have missed this latest controversy, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is — I would say “under fire,” but that seems hideously inappropriate in this context, so let’s go with “facing outrage” over his now-clumsily-retracted claim to have been “the architect” of Operation Medusa, a major multi-national military operation in […]

Hitting the panic button over Prime Minister’s Question Time

May 1 2017 — Kady O'Malley — At first, it seemed to be a rare example of an opposition victory in a majority-held House: After weeks of defending its controversial plan to rewrite the Commons rulebook over the objections of the other parties, the government has dropped its campaign to impose stringent new limits on debate, make it more difficult for opposition […]

So what happened with the House rules fight this week? A recap

Apr 7 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Have you lost track of the ongoing House-wide dispute over the government’s efforts to rewrite the rules of the House of Commons over the objections of the opposition parties? Here’s a recap of what went down this week. MONDAY It’s fair to say that those of us who showed up to watch the procedure and […]