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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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2016 COLUMNS

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Of spatulas and swamps
Question Period still needs a lot of work
Arbitrary rules of the Senate audit exposed
No, the electoral reform report wasn’t useful
Crying wolf on corruption
Honesty in politics laws are a non-starter
Some helpful advice for new senators
Are Liberal backbenchers growing spines?
Senate appointments still need better representation
No, MPs shouldn’t choose Supreme Court judges
A crowded field offering little substance
Keep the Senate Westminster
Caucus warfare comes from broken process
Regional caucuses in the Senate are the wrong approach
Discussing values over specifics
Our leadership contests have become a farce
Picking and choosing your intolerance
Why can’t we talk about accountability?
Bernier’s gift to litigators
Beware ignoring the federalist principle
Electoral reform committee spins its wheels
Get ready for another Senate gong show
Corbyn proves why Chong was wrong
Bellemare’s Senate guidelines defy history and common sense
Trudeau signals a “forced” amendment
Coming Senate showdown a test case for independence
A firm hand likely needed to pass assisted dying bill
No, the PM isn’t going to police the Senate’s spending
Charting a post-Mulcair path
The estranged parliamentary family
Does our parliament need a third chamber?
Poor incentives for gender parity in politics
Is Mulcair’s mea culpa enough?
A better way to talk about heckling
Tread carefully with committee reform
Give a little more thought to your private members’ bills this parliament

 

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