Dale Smith


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).





Liberals looking to force a confrontation in the New Year
Stop giving Doug Ford a pass
O’Toole debases himself to score points
One way or another, this government will pay for its CERB screw-up
Lies and damned lies about the carbon price
Senate stunt shows the limits of Trudeau’s “New Senate”
Abusing committees for partisan witch-hunts
Erin O’Toole’s misinformation problem
“Deliberative democracy” to what end?
COVID and the technocratic impulse
Not another unaccountable Officer of Parliament
We are now in a full-blown moral panic over judicial appointments
So you’ve invoked federal emergency powers. Now what?
Why can’t this government just amend bills?
The federal government is not a parental jurisdiction
Prorogation reports are one more useless Trudeau “innovation”
It’s time for Trudeau to strike a new vice-regal appointments committee
Freeland reminds us that it’s not 1995 anymore
Weaponizing committees can only lead to a bad end
O’Toole is not bringing about the promised change
Obfuscating jurisdiction to score points
Jealously guarding committee seats
There are places where this pandemic can cause permanent damage to Parliament
Handwaving over “excess profits”
Are the mainstream parties “intellectually exhausted”?
The Senate stands up to Trudeau’s abuse of process
If the NHL can bubble successfully, so can Parliament
Theresa May shows Canada how we should be running Parliament
Giving the premiers a pass
Trudeau has no obligation to consult the opposition on a Throne Speech
O’Toole has abandoned economic conservatism
Kenney flailing to maintain his list of “enemies of the state”
Saying anything to “Own the Libs”
Liberals flirting with a contempt of Parliament charge
Is it time to stop demanding leaders kick out MPs?
Revenge of the SoCons
The fetish around “making payroll”
In a flurry of pabulum, Bill Morneau makes his exit
Higgs and how not to Responsible Government
Mark Carney needs to stay the hell out of electoral politics
Another premier down, another horrific leadership contest
Shades of Fyre Festival as the WE Imbroglio continues
Kenney barrelling ahead with unconstitutional Senate “elections”
Trudeau needs to lay the groundwork for Payette’s replacement
It’s time for a culture change at the top
The calculation of sidelining Trudeau
Does PMO need a compliance officer?
The WE Imbroglio is what happens when leaders dismantle challenge functions
How can we get our economic thinking to evolve to meet the pandemic?
Who’s afraid of Wexit? The Conservatives, apparently.
Is it time for Bill Morneau to go?
MPs continue to make themselves irrelevant
Kenney’s “Fair Deal” is not about fairness but consolidating power
Jody Wilson-Raybould says it’s not her fault
The Liberals’ convenient fictions about the state of parliament
What Trudeau can do about the RCMP
There is a better way to reopen Parliament than with remote voting
Fear, Favour, and Committee Chairs
PROC set to open Pandora’s Box
The Canadian Senate as Greek Tragedy
What provincial legislatures tell us about how we’re treating pandemic politics
Just the appearance of accountability
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