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).





What does the Liberal convention say about the state of the party?
Independent senators struggle with independence
Trans Mountain hysteria leading to stupid demands
Peter Harder’s position paper a self-serving exercise
There are no “simple questions” with Kinder Morgan
No, Canada doesn’t need a Salisbury Convention
Even if the Liberals are arrogant, does it mean they’re wrong?
Political communication is reaching a new low
The drama queens of C-45
Backlash against gender-neutral language misses the point
The dubious value of voting at sixteen
Kenney’s carbon tax and constitutional rhetoric doesn’t match reality
Two years of the ISG
Our “ceremonial” Prime Minister
Holding the government to a promise they weaselled out of
Senate Question Period is not just a partisan exercise
Caucus versus leadership is a growing problem
Changes to Senate appointment system won’t fix its problems
Trans Mountain virtue signalling will only harm, not help
Opposition in the Senate is more vital than you think
Reflections on questions of Senate independence
Scheer’s bill cynically exploits a legislative loophole
A race of outsiders points to a deeper problem in Ontario politics
Can the Senate Liberals hope for a future?
Don’t use harassment to push your agenda
Leitch and Brown’s woes share a common cause
Of senators and lobbyists
Parental leave for MPs needs strict limits
Peter Harder (finally) attends a cabinet retreat
Government’s appointment problems creating a slow-moving crisis
Lynn Beyak and the bully pulpit
Is a bullhorn the best way to support Iranian protesters?
The UK’s backbenchers are taking back their power. Can Canada’s?