Aug 21 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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.
Aug 20 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Aug 15 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — Should Conservative riding associations be forced to turn over 50 per cent of the money they get back to cover election expenses to the central party coffers? And if so, should the elected national council have to sign off on such a pitch before it becomes party law? How many times a year should the […]
Jul 18 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Jul 16 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Jun 26 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Jun 20 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — Who says parliamentary democracy can’t be efficient? No one who has ever kept tabs on the House of Commons just before an extended hiatus is set to kick in, that’s for sure. And despite the seemingly endless cross-aisle bickering that has filled the Chamber for the last few months, it turns out the current crop […]
Jun 11 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — Before we start circling around the question posed by the headline, let’s be clear: At the moment, no one — well, no one not protected by parliamentary privilege — is directly accusing any one particular witness of having been less than truthful in testifying before a Commons committee.
Jun 5 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Mar 29 2018 — Kady O'Malley — TVO — If you happened to find yourself tuning into the live feed from the House of Commons toward the end of last week — and, to be clear, there will be no quiet judging from this corner if you didn’t, as it can be a painful experience even for those of us required to do so […]
Feb 7 2018 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Jan 11 2018 — Kady O'Malley — TVO — Having spent the last decade navigating the complex — and frequently chaotic — partisan dynamics of the parliamentary precinct, I find it hard to fathom that former ethics watchdog Mary Dawson would have been surprised by the political firestorm she set off when she ruled that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2016 holiday getaway to the […]
Nov 15 2017 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]
Nov 14 2017 — Kady O'Malley — iPolitics — 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 […]