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Process Nerd: Can Ford call an election before the fixed-date law kicks in?

Apr 26 2022 — Kady O'Malley — First off, a jurisdictional twist to the standard caveat: In general, Process Nerd’s self-proclaimed purview does not include provincial or territorial legislatures — or local councils, or the United States Congress, or any other legislative body outside the perimeter of parliamentary precinct. It does, however, cover fixed election dates — and specifically, the built-in limitations […]

Process Nerd: Speaker nixes Tory bid to strip NDP of opposition status

Mar 29 2022 — Kady O'Malley — Well, it was fun — at least for Process Nerds — while it lasted. But after a week of sporadic back-and-forth across the aisle over whether the confidence-and-supply agreement between the Liberals and the New Democrats constitutes a de facto coalition government, Deputy Speaker Chris d’Entremont has rejected a Conservative bid to remove the New […]

Process Nerd: How the Liberal-NDP deal might affect committees

Mar 23 2022 — Kady O'Malley — In the wake of the non-aggression pact between the Liberals and the New Democrats, there’s no shortage of speculation of how it could play out in the next election. From a purely Process Nerdly perspective, however, the more immediate — and no less intriguing — question is how it could change the power dynamics across […]

Process Nerd: What we know so far about Emergencies Act review

Mar 8 2022 — Kady O'Malley — As of Tuesday morning, there was still no word on when the newly struck Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency (DEDC) — which, as its name makes clear, has been tasked with reviewing the government’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to then-ongoing anti-COVID mandate protests in Ottawa and across […]

Process Nerd: PM to invoke Emergencies Act. What’s next?

Feb 14 2022 — Kady O'Malley — It hasn’t officially happened just yet, but with multiple news outlets reporting that Justin Trudeau may finally be ready to become the first prime minister to invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with the rolling cross-country anti-vaccine mandate protests, here’s a quick overview of exactly how that might play out in the parliamentary arena. For […]

Process Nerd: How MPs can keep spotlight on COVID protests

Feb 8 2022 — Kady O'Malley — It’s hard to imagine a more fitting way for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end what had become an increasingly conspicuous COVID-imposed absence from the precinct than with a surprise in-person appearance in the House of Commons during the opening round of last night’s emergency debate on the rolling anti-vaccine mandate protests currently underway in […]

Process Nerd: What happened in the House after the throne speech

Nov 24 2021 — Kady O'Malley — Let’s face it: When it comes to the made-for-TV pageantry of a speech from the throne — particularly when it ushers in the start of a whole new parliament — the most closely-watched portion of the program is, not surprisingly, the speech itself, although in a minority setting, the political reaction to the contents can […]

Process Nerd: How standoff in House vaccine rules could play out

Oct 25 2021 — Kady O'Malley — Before we get started, a behind-the-scenes programming note: The original working headline for this piece was “3 ways the House COVID-19 vaccine standoff” — which, as it stands, has Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his caucus on one side and every other party on the other — “could play out.” It soon became apparent, however, […]

Process Nerd: Are 36 days enough to run an election campaign?

Aug 17 2021 — Kady O'Malley — With the election now officially underway, here’s a quick rundown on both the timing and duration of the campaign. Will this be the shortest campaign ever? Not even close, according to the Library of Parliament data archive, which notes that the current — and likely permanent — record for lightning-round campaigning was set in 1874, […]

Process Nerd: What to remember as election speculation revs up

Jul 13 2021 — Kady O'Malley — By Process Nerd’s count, the current surge in breathless will-they-or-won’t-they speculation over a possible midsummer — or, depending on which scenario you find most plausible, early fall — trip to the polls is the third such go-round since the Liberals were demoted from majority to minority status in 2019. Needless to say, both outings were […]