Monthly Archives: March 2017

What Is It About Dissolution That Everyone Finds So Confusing?


I’m posing this question seriously, because I genuinely don’t know the answer to it. It truly baffles me. But what I do know is that Canadian journalists and scholars don’t seem to understand the implications of our various federal and … Continue reading

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Collective Parliamentary Privilege Includes The Expulsion of Members of Parliament


 Introduction As winter’s last gasp of cold air descends on Ottawa, so, too, has speculation over the expulsion of Senator Don Meredith from the upper chamber over his misuse of Senate resources in carrying out an extra-marital affair, which brought … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on National Parks in Canada and the United States


I just overdosed on pseudo-profound American exceptionalism and Tocqueville-inspired democracy babble in this preview for Ken Burns’s PBS documentary on America’s national parks. I thoroughly enjoyed Burns’s documentaries on the US Civil War, Prohibition, and Roosevelts, but based on this … Continue reading

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