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Play nice, Speaker pleads with MPs as tensions simmer

Jun 5 2018 — Kady O'Malley — Given the circumstances, it was somehow fitting that before House Speaker Geoff Regan could deliver his ruling on the privilege complaint lodged against him by New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie in the wake of the now legendary May 25 Commons meltdown, he first had to oversee nearly four hours of Conservative-driven protest votes. For those […]

Why are the Tories so obsessed with Trudeau’s Aga Khan vacation?

Feb 7 2018 — Kady O'Malley — A week and a half into the winter sitting, it’s become one of the most frequently asked — and at press time, the least satisfactorily answered — questions on the Parliamentary conversation-starter circuit: Why are the Conservatives devoting so much House time and partisan energy to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ill-advised holiday jaunt to the […]

NDP MP could make history by appealing committee vote

Nov 15 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Get ready to dust off those ballot boxes, House pages! After an all-party committee nixed her bid to update the laws on cleaning up shipwrecks, a rookie New Democrat MP is planning to invoke a never-before-used parliamentary provision to appeal the decision to the House. Unlike most chamber proceedings, this one would be conducted behind […]

Process Nerd: What to expect when you’re being investigated by the federal ethics commissioner

Nov 14 2017 — Kady O'Malley — In retrospect, it was probably all but inevitable that federal conflict of interest watchdog Mary Dawson would launch an investigation into embattled finance minister Bill Morneau — specifically into the significant personal stake that he holds in the human resources management mega-firm that bears his family’s name. The only question, really, was which particular aspect […]

The five stages of a Canadian political scandal

Nov 1 2017 — Kady O'Malley — As is so often the case with a Canadian political scandal — and even more so since it is very much still in progress — it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when everything started to go wrong for Bill Morneau, at least as far as the controversy in which he currently finds himself ensnared. Was it […]

Playing politics with the national anthem

Oct 26 2017 — Kady O'Malley — It’s fitting that “O Canada” — and specifically, the late MP Mauril Belanger’s bid to update the lyrics to smooth out the gender specificity of “in all thy sons command” — has become the latest front in the Senate’s ongoing political culture war between the proudly partisan old guard and the growing contingent of big-I […]

Tories could force vote on move to punish Liberal MP for voting to extend tax change consultations

Oct 18 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Liberal backbench MP Wayne Long may “respect and understand” his party’s decision to remove him from two House committees after he voted with the opposition on a motion calling for the government to extend the public consultation period on its plan to tighten the tax rules that govern private corporations, but his Conservative colleagues aren’t […]

The backbench ballad of Wayne Long, MP

Oct 13 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Team Trudeau claims Liberal MPs can vote freely, Kady O’Malley writes. So why was the rookie from Saint John–Rothesay punished for doing just that? It’s probably safe to assume by now that the real-time legend of rookie Liberal MP Wayne Long has spread his once little-known name far beyond the borders of his New Brunswick […]

A plea from the Process Nerd: Please, no more ‘shadow cabinets’.

Sep 26 2017 — Kady O'Malley — First off, I feel obliged to establish my bona fides as a zealous (even overzealous at times, if we’re being honest) defender of parliamentary tradition by reaffirming my support for adopting various procedures and practices from our U.K. cousins. I’ve repeatedly called for the ditching of the desks that currently clutter up our chamber (trade […]