Most Canadians support medical assistance in dying. So why is it considered controversial?

In my role as CEO of Dying With Dignity, I take pride in advocating for end-of-life rights and have learned that Canadians overwhelmingly back MAID

New taxes, wage hikes and more: 49 new laws across Canada in 2019

A ban on plastic bags, Inuktut language classes, edible marijuana rules and more

The Super Awesome Act of 2014

How to properly convey the greatness of your own legislation


Making our streets safer

Conservative MP Peter Goldring has resigned from the Conservative caucus after being charged for refusing a breathalyzer test this weekend.


The dog ate the minister’s homework

The omnibus crime bill is apparently being rushed through the House too fast for the Public Safety Minister.


The House of Rubber Stamps

Peter Van Loan complains that the opposition parties continue to oppose the Harper government’s agenda and explains his general approach to House debate.


Time is short

The Conservatives have invoked time allocation on C-19, the bill that eliminates the long-gun registry. Of the ten government bills debated in the House since Parliament reconvened in June, the Harper government has now invoked time allocation on five of them: C-3 (budget implementation), C-10 (the omnibus crime bill), C-13 (budget implementation), C-18 (Canadian Wheat Board) and C-19.


If he were here to see this, Stephen Harper would be so disappointed

On the occasion of the government’s decision to limit debate on its omnibus crime legislation, astute commenter Thwim digs up a point of order raised by a young Stephen Harper in response to an omnibus bill proposed by the Liberal government of the day in 1994.


The coming fall

The Canadian Press, CBC and CTV preview the fall sitting. I’ll have my own scene-setter in the next print edition. In short, it promises to be a busy few months.

The Bull Meter: John Baird on the bills that died because of the election

Welcome to the Bull Meter, where we fact-check dubious claims


The shorter Parliament, the unscrutinized government

As Ned Franks notes, Parliament’s 119-day sitting last year was in line with a steady decline that goes back decades—see my numbers here and Prof. Franks’ numbers here. At the time of the last prorogation, Parliament was due to sit for 136 days in 2010. If the government sticks to the current schedule for 2011, it will sit for 134 days.


All that for what?

Our web team helpfully translates Le Devoir’s review of the legislative year.