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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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2020 COLUMNS

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And Dalphond makes nine
MPs on PROC not letting a good crisis go to waste
Senator Harder sees the light
Ramp ceremonies and creeping presidentialization
The virtual special committee is proving to be a failing experiment
Is Senator Woo the Phantom Menace?
Looking for a personality to rebuild the cult around
This isn’t the virtual parliament you’re looking for
When comparing Westminster parliaments, consider Canada’s unique challenges
Theatre or not, we still need Question Period
Looking for a villain isn’t accountability
Saturday’s emergency sitting proves the need for ongoing parliament
Stop delaying – bring on the Skeleton Parliament
Our parliament didn’t do its job on emergency legislation
This government needs to be open about its capacity issues
Crocodile tears and the lack of oversight from the Senate
Canadian politics needs to clean house in its backrooms
Crisis, ego, and the Skeleton Parliament
Welcome to the Skeleton Parliament
COVID-19 is serious, but not wartime serious
Should parliament suspend for the pandemic?
Did the Conservatives learn nothing from the Great Recession?
Is there any intellectual heft in the Conservative leadership race?
Hung parliament or not, protected nominations are an affront to democracy
Mythologizing Teck Frontier won’t help anyone
The battle over Woo’s motion has begun
The Buffalo Declaration is a ridiculous farce
Scheer’s expenses should be a wake-up for Conservative party governance
Senator Gold keeping an open mind on rule changes
Woo’s spells out his “programming committee” plans
Plans to streamline invite massive unintended consequences
Time is running out for Lynn Beyak
Bad bills won’t make Section 92 disappear
Where have all the Red Tories gone?
A quantitative retrospection in a qualitative world
The ongoing credulous takes on the Reform Act
When governments are vexatious litigants
Canada could use more “lifers” in Parliament
Does the Senate’s ethics regime need change for the sake of change?
Reports of our disintegrating institutions are greatly exaggerated
Civility and the death of Responsible Government

 

2019 COLUMNS