National Newswatch

Process Nerd: What exactly is a Charter statement, and why are the Tories calling for a new one for C-10?

May 4 2021 — Kady O'Malley — As iPolitics reported last night, we’re still waiting to see whether the Canadian heritage committee will back a Conservative motion to hit pause on its review of the Liberals’ proposed overhaul of the broadcasting regime until the government produces an updated Charter statement — specifically, one that would address the last-minute move to scrap a […]

Process Nerd: With great privilege comes… oh, you know the rest

Feb 23 2021 — Kady O'Malley — At this point, it’s pretty much standard operating procedure in a minority setting: Opposition parties demand that the government release potentially politically damaging documentation. The government either drags its feet or ignores it entirely. Eventually — and usually sooner rather than later these days — opposition members join forces to bring the full weight of […]

Process Nerd: What happens to backbench business in a minority House?

Oct 27 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Like so many of our less flashy parliamentary traditions, it was all overshadowed by the latest round of frantic will-they-or-won’t-they election speculation, but private members’ business is officially back on the daily House program — eight months late, but moving fast (with apologies to Douglas Adams). For anyone now guiltily realizing they hadn’t even noticed […]

Process Nerd: Is a proposal to create an ‘anti-corruption committee’ really a question of confidence?

Oct 20 2020 — Kady O'Malley — During a pre-sitting press conference a few minutes ago, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole suggested that his party may be putting forward a revised motion that, among other changes, would remove ‘anti-corruption’ from the name of the special committee. This analysis is based on the original motion, but will be updated to reflect the new text. […]

Process Nerd: How did WE Charity end up on the House affairs agenda?

Oct 5 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Given the near-constant power struggles that play out in a minority House setting, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, let alone a card-carrying Process Nerd, to learn that the first procedural skirmish of the fall sitting is already well underway. The latest battleground: The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which […]

Process Nerd: Keeping the WE scandal alive during the House hiatus

Sep 2 2020 — Kady O'Malley — Standard multiverse theory would have it that a world exists in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for whatever reason — or, quite possibly, no particular reason at all — chose not to drop by the vice-regal residence on Aug. 18 to ask the governor-general to temporarily suspend parliamentary proceedings pending a reboot via throne speech […]