Monthly Archives: June 2016

How the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Complicates Brexit and An Early General Election


Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Introduction Various British MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and journalists like Peter Hitchens have called for an early general election in the wake of Leave’s victory in the Brexit referendum and Prime Minister Cameron’s announcement that he will … Continue reading

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Does Budget 2016 Acknowledge That Electoral Reform Won’t Happen Before 2019?


  As I noted in my column “Time Has Run Out on Electoral Reform,” it is too late to implement a proportional system like MMP or STV in time for the next scheduled federal general election in 2019.  This is … Continue reading

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Scott Reid Quoted My Article on Electoral Reform During Question Period


During Question Period on 13 June 2016, Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston and Conservative Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions, referenced my article “Time Has Already Run Out On Electoral Reform”, published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Inside Policy. I am pleased that … Continue reading

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Ontario’s Next Provincial General Election: October 2018, Not June 2018


Update (18 November 2016): Please set the latest news on Ontario’s fixed-date election law: Finally! A Media Outlet Writes An Accurate Story on Ontario’s Next Provincial Election! Ontario’s Next Provincial General Election Has Only Just Been Scheduled for June 2018 … Continue reading

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The Canadian Study of Parliament Group’s Conference on Electoral Reform


Introduction My regular readers will know that I’m not a one-trick pony; at the very least, I’ve become a three-trick pony whose obsession oscillates from the constitutional conventions of Responsible Government – especially as they pertain to dissolution and prorogation … Continue reading

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