Monthly Archives: August 2011

The “Republic of Canada, Est. 1837”: Distortion of History and of Responsible Government


The Institute for Liberal Studies sells t-shirts emblazened with the flag of the short-lived Republic of Canada and the text “Republic of Canada est. 1837”, accompanied by the following description: The short-lived Republic of Canada is a little-known chapter in … Continue reading

Posted in History of British North America, Monarchism v Republicanism, Origins | 11 Comments

Senate Reform and Responsible Government


The discussion and debate over the reform of the Senate of Canada into an elected chamber has dominated the opinion sections of Canadian newspapers and the academic journals of Canadian political science since the late 1970s when the Trudeau government … Continue reading

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George III, Parliament, and the Loss of the American Colonies


I generally agree with and like the official website of the British monarchy, but like all official histories, it focuses too heavily on information and arguments favourable to the reputation of its source at the expense of other interpretations and … Continue reading

Posted in History of British North America, Origins, Whigs v Tories | 9 Comments

Guidelines on the Caretaker Convention


Former Clerk of the Privy Council Mel Cappe wrote an introductory piece The Caretaker Convention in Canada arguing that the Privy Council Office should release its official guidelines on the caretaker convention that place limitations on the government’s authority during … Continue reading

Posted in Caretaker Convention & Government Formation, Officialization of Convention | 14 Comments

Parliamentary Privilege and National Security


My partner in parliamentarism Nick MacDonald has taught me much on parliamentary privilege, and I’m sure that in time, he will become one of the foremost experts on the subject in Canada and the Commonwealth! In his forthcoming article “Parliamentarians … Continue reading

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