Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Mandate Problem: Early Dissolutions and Fixed-Date Election Laws in Prince Edward Island and Alberta


Introduction This week, Premier Wade MacLaughlan of Prince Edward Island and Premier Jim Prentice of Alberta joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and former Premier Pauline Marois as the four and fifth first ministers, respectively, in exposing the … Continue reading

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The People’s Republic of Alberta: Alberta’s Very Unparliamentary Style of Politics


The American Custom of Press Conferences and Opposition Responses Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once explained to an American audience on C-SPAN what differentiated a Westminster parliamentary system from the American presidential system. At 21 minutes into the interview, … Continue reading

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