National Newswatch

There’s no restoring Canadian conservatism

May 23 2022 — Michael Coren — Political conservatism has come a long way, but, in the spirit of the word and the ideology, that doesn’t signify progress. In fact, the decline and decay of the organized conservative movement in the democratic world is one of the most worrying phenomena of contemporary politics. Worrying because, unlike the extremes of right and left, […]

Process Nerd: What are the New Democrats hoping to do with their opposition motion?

May 17 2022 — — Before we start digging into the question posed in this week’s headline, let’s pause for a brief opening tangent on just why picking a supply motion can be a more high-stakes call for the New Democrats than their Conservative or Bloc Québécois colleagues. In a nutshell: The parliamentary calendar allocates a certain number of supply […]

Process Nerd: Can Ford call an election before the fixed-date law kicks in?

Apr 26 2022 — Kady O'Malley — First off, a jurisdictional twist to the standard caveat: In general, Process Nerd’s self-proclaimed purview does not include provincial or territorial legislatures — or local councils, or the United States Congress, or any other legislative body outside the perimeter of parliamentary precinct. It does, however, cover fixed election dates — and specifically, the built-in limitations […]

Process Nerd: Speaker nixes Tory bid to strip NDP of opposition status

Mar 29 2022 — Kady O'Malley — Well, it was fun — at least for Process Nerds — while it lasted. But after a week of sporadic back-and-forth across the aisle over whether the confidence-and-supply agreement between the Liberals and the New Democrats constitutes a de facto coalition government, Deputy Speaker Chris d’Entremont has rejected a Conservative bid to remove the New […]

Process Nerd: How the Liberal-NDP deal might affect committees

Mar 23 2022 — Kady O'Malley — In the wake of the non-aggression pact between the Liberals and the New Democrats, there’s no shortage of speculation of how it could play out in the next election. From a purely Process Nerdly perspective, however, the more immediate — and no less intriguing — question is how it could change the power dynamics across […]

Sensitive soul Leslyn Lewis should be challenged for her beliefs

Mar 11 2022 — Michael Coren — Politicians can be sensitive souls. That, surely, was why Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis blocked me on Twitter last year after I’d written a column questioning some of her views of LGBTQ2 equality and women’s reproductive rights. I’ve never met the new MP for Haldimand—Norfolk, and the article was courteous — even flattering — but, […]

Process Nerd: What we know so far about Emergencies Act review

Mar 8 2022 — Kady O'Malley — As of Tuesday morning, there was still no word on when the newly struck Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency (DEDC) — which, as its name makes clear, has been tasked with reviewing the government’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to then-ongoing anti-COVID mandate protests in Ottawa and across […]

Condemnation of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine must be universal

Feb 28 2022 — Michael Coren — Suddenly, everybody’s an authority on Russia and Ukraine. Problem is, even genuine experts are baffled by the situation most of the time. My father’s family left Odessa more than a century ago, but some of the clan remained. They were Jewish, with all the ambiguity that meant in the region. They lost people in the […]

Tories must fix internal divisions to avoid fracturing again

Feb 22 2022 — Andrew Perez — Three weeks ago, Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole was ousted in an unprecedented vote triggered by his own caucus, according to the terms of the Reform Act. Since then, much has been written about all that ails the Conservative party and the future of the Canadian conservative movement more broadly. Since forming more than 18 […]

The Tories will never choose a leader opposed to women’s choice

Feb 17 2022 — Michael Coren — Well, that didn’t take long. Even before all of the candidates have declared, the leading anti-abortion organizations in Canada are announcing whom they can’t support for the leadership of the Conservative party. It won’t, it seems, be frontrunner Pierre Poilievre, because, while he’s extremely right wing regarding any number of issues, he fails the anti-abortion […]

Invoking the Emergencies Act can help build trust in government

Feb 15 2022 — Bruce MacLellan — Events in Ottawa yesterday triggered a lot of memories for me. Thirty-four years ago, in 1988, I was in my second year as chief of staff to Perrin Beatty, then minister of National Defence in Brian Mulroney’s government. My boss, Beatty, was acting on a promise by the Mulroney government to repeal the 1917 War […]

Process Nerd: PM to invoke Emergencies Act. What’s next?

Feb 14 2022 — Kady O'Malley — It hasn’t officially happened just yet, but with multiple news outlets reporting that Justin Trudeau may finally be ready to become the first prime minister to invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with the rolling cross-country anti-vaccine mandate protests, here’s a quick overview of exactly how that might play out in the parliamentary arena. For […]