National Newswatch

Kevin O’Leary’s ‘exploratory committee’ thinks Kevin O’Leary should run for Tory leadership

Jan 12 2017 — Kady O'Malley — In a development that will surprise – well, pretty well no one who has ever paid any attention to a party leadership race before, the “exploratory committee” unveiled, amid much largely self-generated fanfare, by possible Conservative contender Kevin O’Leary a little over two weeks ago, is now “urging” the pugnacious TV personality to formally join […]

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If the fix was in on electoral reform, Monsef would still have her job

Jan 10 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Tuesday’s federal cabinet shuffle marked the end of an era, and quite possibly, a once-promising political career as Maryam Monsef was relieved of her duties as the prime minister’s point-woman on electoral reform. Tapped to take her place as the minister for democratic institutions is another first-time female MP from Southern Ontario: Karina Gould, who, […]

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Parliamentary poet pens ode to the Upper House

Dec 16 2016 — Kady O'Malley — A day after MPs celebrated the season by competing to see who could put the most pointedly partisan twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s beloved Yuletide classic, their more sedate colleagues down the hall chose to close the sitting with what one can only hope becomes a new yearly tradition: An ode to the institution itself.

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How not to hold an all-party committee on electoral reform

Dec 9 2016 — Kady O'Malley — In hindsight, despite what were, for the most part, reasonably good if not always best intentions on the part of all involved, the special committee on electoral reform was almost certainly doomed from the start. But at the time, even the unorthodox way that it came into being – via a New Democrat-backed initiative the […]


Senate speaker strikes down last-minute Tory bid to rejig tax rates

Nov 29 2016 — Kady O'Malley — Sorry, senators: No major last-minute rewrites of proposed changes to federal tax policy for you. Senate Speaker George Furey has nixed a bid by a Conservative-controlled committee to rejig the tax rates underlying the Liberals’ much self-touted plan to “put money back into the pockets of Canada’s middle class” on the grounds that it strays […]