National Newswatch

Three legislative loose ends Trudeau needs to tie off ASAP

Aug 17 2017 — Kady O'Malley — With Parliament back in session next month, Kady O’Malley outlines three key pieces of legislation the Liberals will want to push through before Christmas. By now, even the most stubborn of seasonal holdouts has been forced to concede that a once seemingly endless stretch of lazy, hazy summer days will soon be behind us.

Just what have the federal party leaders been up to on summer ‘break’?

Aug 3 2017 — Kady O'Malley — No sooner had the calendar flipped from July to August than it began: the traditional back-to-school ad blitz that seems to start earlier every year, and that for most of us denotes the beginning of the end of another too-brief Canadian summer. But for federal MPs the parliamentary intermission hasn’t even hit the halfway point: […]

Justin Trudeau doesn’t hate Parliament, and other revelations from his interview with iPolitics

Jun 29 2017 — Kady O'Malley — By the time the curtain dropped on the spring parliamentary sitting, it had become conventional wisdom amongst certain circles of Hill punditerati. Despite a campaign pledge to treat the House with more respect than his predecessor, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had clearly come to despise the daily ordeal of submitting to interrogation by the opposition […]

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 […]