Monthly Archives: September 2011

The New Democrats’ Anti-Constitutional Stance on Electoral Redistribution


Recent statements of Thomas Mulcair and Nycole Turmel on electoral redistribution are not only wrong, but contradict the Constitution Act, 1867. Yet so far, neither the Harper government itself nor the Parliamentary Press Gallery have called them out. In the … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Privilege in the United States Congress


With so many American presidential candidates proclaiming the virtues of the Constitution of the United States of America, I sometimes take to re-reading my “pocket constitution” in order to verify their interpretations of its various clauses and amendments. I originally … Continue reading

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Development of Responsible Government and the Principle of Restraint (Caretaker Convention)


Responsible Government The famous Persons Case (more formally, Reference re: British North America Act 1867 (UK) Section 24 IN THE MATTER OF a Reference as to the meaning of the word “Persons” in Section 24 of the British North America … Continue reading

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1774: Thomas Jefferson, The Rights of British Americans, and the Origins of the Commonwealth Realms


A Summary View of the Rights of British America In “George III and the Loss of the American Colonies,” I cited one of Thomas Jefferson’s earlier works from 1774, A Summary View of the Rights of British America, as evidence … Continue reading

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Reversal of “Republicanism by Stealth”


Australian constitutional scholar Peter Boyce in The Queen’s Other Realms: The Crown in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand argued that all three of these Commonwealth realms have faced since the 1960s a gradual de-monarchization, or republicanism by stealth. These measures … Continue reading

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