Monthly Archives: May 2020

An Outbreak of Snap Election Fever During a Pandemic


Whenever Canadian journalists get bored or run out of other things on which to write, they often engage in idle speculation about snap elections. This time John Ivison of The National Post became Patient Zero in this latest strain of … Continue reading

Posted in Dissolution, Fixed-Date Elections | 2 Comments

The Division of Powers Does Not Apply During a Pandemic


On 1 April, Quebec announced what I presumed at the time must have been an April Fool’s Joke: that it would use its provincial police, La Sûreté du Québec, and municipal police forces to set up border checkpoints with Ontario, … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution (Written), Division of Powers | 4 Comments

The Fixed-Date Election Law Forced Saskatchewan’s Upcoming Pandemic Election


Introduction Brian Pallister’s unnecessary early election last year – done ostensibly to prevent an election from occurring during the celebrations of Manitoba’s sesquicentennial in 2020 and to avoid accusations that his government would short-circuit rules against advertising to benefit the … Continue reading

Posted in Crown (Powers and Office), Dissolution, Fixed-Date Elections | 3 Comments

Manifest Destiny Hijacks The Monroe Doctrine: A Bill to Annex All of British North America into the United States


Introduction The American Civil War captured the rapt attention of our Fathers of Confederation during the Confederation Debates in 1864 and 1865, and the prospect of another American invasion into Canada (a repeat of the War of 1812), as remote … Continue reading

Posted in Comparative, History of British North America, Monarchism v Republicanism, Parliamentarism v Presidentialism | 2 Comments

Electoral Reform: Quebec Will Hold a Referendum With a Clear Question


Last spring, I wrote about the prospect that the Legault government in Quebec would implement mixed-member proportional representation in time for the next provincial general election scheduled for 2022 in a piece for Policy Options. Recent developments answer this question … Continue reading

Posted in Electoral Reform, Reform | 7 Comments