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Parliament Hill pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

A bluffer’s guide to the House rules debate

Mar 24 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Okay, so what’s the issue here? Why is everyone so angry all of a sudden? In a nutshell: The Liberal government’s apparent readiness to proceed with a major rewrite of the House of Commons rulebook, even if it means using its majority power to do so over the explicit, abject objections of the opposition parties, […]

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Why Conservatives need to shake up their leadership debates

Feb 25 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Well, let’s start with the positive: the Manning Centre organizers kept their promise to deliver a “unique” debate experience, at least in contrast to the majority of the fourteen-wide face-offs that have characterized the race so far. Instead of lining the stage from curtain to curtain with candidates, they drew names from a hat and […]

Preston Manning looks on as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice (not pictured) speaks during the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Friday, March 6, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Manning Manifests: What to expect from Day One

Feb 24 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Good morning, ManningFest enthusiasts, curiosity-seekers and anyone else with a hankering for a vicarious crawl through the biggest annual non-party-organized C/conservative gathering in Canada! As promised, I’ll be filing updates from the floor throughout the day.

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, September 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tories to force House vote on taxing health and dental benefits

Feb 2 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Even after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly assured the House that the upcoming budget will not include a new tax on private health and dental insurance benefits, the Conservatives are aiming to get that commitment on the record by forcing a day-long debate on a motion that would, if adopted, see the House formally call […]

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Maxime Bernier still number one on the Conservative leadership fundraising circuit

Jan 31 2017 — Kady O'Malley — For the second quarter in a row, Quebec MP and loudly self-avowed libertarian Maxime Bernier has managed to outhustle his rival Conservative leadership candidates on the fundraising circuit. Data on directed donations provided to Elections Canada by the Conservatives reveals a total three-month haul for Bernier of $586,165.27 via 3,804 individual contributions. His closest challenger, […]

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Women’s marches reveal tightrope Trudeau walks in Trump era

Jan 23 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Hours after tens of thousands of Canadians hit the streets in a show of solidarity with women’s marches worldwide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his congratulations “to the men and women across Canada who came out yesterday to support women’s rights.” “You keep your government inspired,” he added. His newly installed status of women minister […]