Monthly Archives: October 2011

The History of Senate Reform, 1867 to 1913


I reviewed the political philosophical debate on the merits of the elective versus appointive upper house, and the elective Legislative Council in the earlier post. We’re all generally familiar with the modern proposals for Senate Reform (post-1980), essentially the “Triple-E … Continue reading

Posted in Responsible Government, Senate Reform | 4 Comments

Paul Dewar Dodged My Question on Section 52 and Over-Representation of Quebec


The Canadian Study of Parliament Group held its fall business seminar earlier today, and the second panel discussion featured Professor of Law and former Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Quebec, Benoit Pelletier; former Liberal cabinet minister and the second Liberal … Continue reading

Posted in Redistribution in the Commons | 7 Comments

From Leader to Laggard in Elective Upper Houses: Canada’s Elective Legislative Council, 1856-1867


Introduction Most Canadians are probably unaware that for a brief period in our history, the upper house in the United Province of Canada (called a Legislative Council) was making the transition from an appointive chamber to an elective one, between … Continue reading

Posted in Responsible Government, Senate Reform, Separation of Powers | 4 Comments

British Question Time Better Supports Parliament’s Core Function Than Canadian Question Period


Introduction On September 21, 2010, I attended the Canadian Study of Parliament Group’s Fall Seminar on Question Period Reform. The event included two panels and Speaker Milliken, Michael Chong, and C.E.S. Franks as guest speakers. The Public Policy Forum held … Continue reading

Posted in Question Period, Reform | 8 Comments

The Myth of Civility and Decorum in the British House of Commons


I support the adoption of the British Question Time model as a replacement to the Question Period in the Parliament of Canada, as I will explain further tomorrow. However, the overhaul of Question Period is altogether separate from the pseudo-controversy … Continue reading

Posted in Decorum, Parliament | 6 Comments