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Dale Smith

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Dale Smith is a freelance journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and author of The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action (release March 2017).

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2019 COLUMNS

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Dead Legislation Walking?
Let’s not get too complacent about populism
Are we missing the bigger problem in the Mark Norman case?
Appointments, accountability, and party databases
MPs should apply caution in rewriting the Standing Orders
Committing to a bogus narrative in the face of facts
Senators shouldn’t be afraid to let private members’ bills die
Will Alberta really be “open for business”?
Anger without release could poison the federation
Polling for a new Senate, or a pony?
Mavericks or dissidents?
Senators not letting a good crisis go to waste
Senator Harder declares procedural war
Is this about doing politics differently?
The unspoken fix to Canada’s “democracy index”
The budget was no distraction, but it showed Scheer’s weakness
Should the Senate investigate the Double-Hyphen Affair?
Is Jody Wilson-Raybould setting up for a leadership challenge?
So much of the Double-Hyphen Affair was politics as usual in Canada
Will the budget offer a distraction?
The Senate meltdown that almost was
Trudeau’s survivability just got tougher
Political obituaries for Trudeau are likely premature
Civic literacy has to include parties
Debating change for broadly symbolic purposes
Are we being played by Wilson-Raybould?
Structuring debates for TV only serves Harder
Social media’s influence on QP is why we can’t have nice things
Will Trudeau’s agenda face a reckoning in the Senate?
Will “adjacent debates” actually improve Parliament?
Can the federal government deal with the skills gap?
Border falsehoods and dangerous wedges
Why do we keep giving the Conservatives a pass on basic economics?
The Ontario Liberals and the siren song of one-member-one-vote
Whatever happened to prorogation?
Do Canadian expats need their own seats in Parliament?
Trudeau’s PMQ road show
Serene and accepting, or really just neglecting?
Is there a looming jobs crisis? Maybe.

 

2018 COLUMNS