National Newswatch

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 […]

Where have all the opposition days gone?

Sep 25 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Okay, maybe it’s a bit premature to sound the parliamentary crisis claxon, but we are a full week into the fall sitting and the government has yet to designate a single one of the seven supply days that Commons rules dictate must be held between now and December 10. Barring a last-minute rearranging of the […]

#RIPAJM: Legendary former Liberal politico Allan J. MacEachen remembered on Twitter

Sep 13 2017 — Kady O'Malley — “A magnificent parliamentarian,” a “devoted public servant,” a “political icon” and, perhaps most poignantly, “a great Nova Scotian” — as word spread through the social mediaverse that legendary former Liberal cabinet minister Allan MacEachen had passed away, there was no shortage of praise for the man who served, variously, as a backbencher, a cabinet minister […]

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 […]