Monthly Archives: April 2017

You Can Now Watch the Liberals Expunge Dominion Day from Canadian History


CPAC has recently done Canadians a great public service by uploading all the video footage of the proceedings of the House of Commons from its debut in October 1977 to present. As such, we can now see for ourselves how the Liberals … Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn Expose the Futility of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act


Sometimes nerdy political historians and political scientists could be accused of enjoying political shenanigans or borderline constitutional crises, like the Prorogation-Coalition Controversy of 2008, because they’re “interesting.” They are indeed interesting. But they are, more importantly, instructive and revealing.

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Historical Resources on the Proceedings of the House of Commons and Senate


Recently, two excellent historical resources on the proceedings of the Parliament of Canada have become readily available online. Many of you would join me in finding them useful and interesting.

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How the General Election of 2017 Will Occur in Practice


Introduction  Earlier today, I was very confused to see that the Westminster Parliament is still sitting and conducting business. After all, MPs voted by a huge margin — well above even the two-thirds super-majority — to go to an early … Continue reading

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Presentation to the “Constitution at 150 Conference”


I’m pleased to report that I will present a paper at the upcoming “Constitution at 150 Conference” in Montreal, Quebec, on the morning of May 16th. The conference runs from 16 to 18 May. I’d encourage those of you who … Continue reading

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