National Newswatch

Can the House of Commons force the prime minister to call a public inquiry?

Mar 7 2023 — Kady O'Malley — As even occasional readers of this column have undoubtedly picked up over the years, Process Nerd has accumulated a handful of very particular procedural pet peeves: referring to time allocation motions as “closure,” using “session” and “sitting” interchangeably, and pairing the words “contempt” and “parliament” for dramatic effect when decrying a government’s failure to comply […]

When will the Rouleau report on the Emergencies Act drop — and what happens when it does?

Feb 14 2023 — Kady O'Malley — Let’s start with what we know: barring a wildly unlikely but still mathematically possible combination of procedural glitches (more on that later, fear not), by this time next week, Justice Paul Rouleau’s report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the rolling cross-country anti-COVID vaccine mandate blockades […]

Where’s the party at? Liberals’ withholding of fundraisers’ locations could violate law: Elections Canada

Jan 4 2023 — Kady O'Malley — If the Liberals are worried that publicizing the location details of party fundraisers headlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or members of his cabinet could constitute a security risk, they’re going to have to convince Parliament to rewrite the current political financing laws. That, in a nutshell, is the major takeaway from a draft interpretation […]

Liberal party quietly drops venue details from Trudeau event invites

Oct 12 2022 — Kady O'Malley — The Liberal party’s much self-touted 2017 pledge to go above and beyond the law in ensuring “open and transparent” fundraisers no longer includes providing a public heads-up on the venue for events featuring Justin Trudeau. Previously, those listings — which can be found on the party website — included not just the date, time and […]

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