Monthly Archives: February 2013

David Onley Defends Responsible Government


Introduction I’d like to thank David Watson of the Ottawa Citizen for having published my and Nick MacDonald’s column, “Onley Provides Much Needed Education.” It follows up on our earlier column from October 2012, “McGuinty Had Every Right to Prorogue,” … Continue reading

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Succession Falls Under the “Office of Queen”


This brief syllogism explains why succession to the Crown of Canada falls under the “office of Queen” of s.41(a) of the Constitution Act, 1982. 1. The Crown is as corporation sole. The Supreme Court of Canada: “The Crown is technically … Continue reading

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My Column in the Ottawa Citizen: Why the Harper Government’s Succession Bill Is Unconstitutional


In 2011, the prime ministers of the 16 Commonwealth Realms agreed in principle that each country should change its succession in two ways. First, male primogeniture would be replaced with equal primogeniture, so that the first-born child rather than the … Continue reading

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