National Newswatch

Process Nerd: Is PM ‘petty’ by not calling Burnaby South byelection?

Oct 29 2018 — Kady O'Malley — As far as instant political pushback goes, it was as predictable as it was understandable. Within minutes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau setting a date for a byelection in Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, New Democrat supporters hit the political social media circuit to demand that he extend the same offer to the voters of […]

PM’s jab at ‘ambulance-chasing’ Tories doesn’t breach House rules

Oct 23 2018 — Kady O'Malley — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s description of his Conservative adversaries as “a party of ambulance-chasing politicians” may not have crossed the line into unparliamentary language, but it came close enough to trigger a House-wide warning from Commons Speaker Geoff Regan that all MPs should choose their words carefully. Trudeau made the comment earlier this month during […]

Parties could collect – but not accept – online contributions to candidates under Elections Canada plan

Aug 21 2018 — Kady O'Malley — Federal parties hoping to help candidates by using a centralized online processing system to collect campaign contributions on their behalf are free to do so, according to Elections Canada — provided that they make sure to deposit those donations into a separate fund, and hand over all the necessary background information to the official agent.

Process Nerd: The pros and cons of prorogation

Aug 20 2018 — Kady O'Malley — First things first: Despite the sudden surge in speculation that Team Trudeau is — or, at least should be — readying the paperwork to trigger a fall election, it’s almost certainly not going to happen. If it were under serious consideration, the prime minister wouldn’t have been nearly as categorical in dismissing the suggestion when […]

Team Trudeau’s shuffle: Five things that make us go “Hmmm”

Jul 18 2018 — Kady O'Malley — After letting Official Ottawa spend the last few weeks ensnarled in increasingly frenzied anticipation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally brought an end to the suspense on Wednesday morning with what turned out to be a more robust re-engineering of his ministerial machinery than most precinct-dwellers had been expecting — although one that, for the most […]

Process Nerd: The five stages of cabinet shuffle speculation

Jul 16 2018 — Kady O'Malley — Stage One: “So, have you heard anything about a cabinet shuffle?” While there’s no strict protocol laying out the requirements for launching a fresh round of active speculation on a looming cabinet shuffle — as opposed, that is, to the constant, low-grade chatter over which underperforming ministers seem destined for demotion and, conversely, which high-flying […]

Summer job funding controversy sparks new legal challenge

Jun 26 2018 — Kady O'Malley — Just as Team Trudeau finds itself back on the defensive over the Canada Summer Jobs program — and specifically, the decision to fund a Kitchener-based Islamic humanitarian group whose leader called for the “eradication” of the state of Israel at a recent rally in Toronto — another business group is set to take the government […]

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 […]