Author Archives: J.W.J. Bowden

About J.W.J. Bowden

My area of academic expertise lies in Canadian political institutions, especially the Crown, political executive, and conventions of Responsible Government; since 2011, I have made a valuable contribution to the scholarship by having been published and cited extensively in my field. I’m also a contributing editor to the Dorchester Review and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law.

PROC Sentences the Retroactive Prorogation Rationale to a Quiet Bureaucratic Death


Sometimes I forgot to follow up on these developments right away, and the obscura and minutia on which I normally focus here on Parliamentum usually goes unreported in the press, too. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and … Continue reading

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The Trudeau Government’s Retroactive Prorogation Rationale Under Standing Order 32(7)


Introduction In my previous post, I recounted how the House of Commons had added in Standing Order 32(7) in June 2017, on the initiative of the Trudeau government and its parliamentary majority at the time, which now obliges the government … Continue reading

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Justin Trudeau Has Made Prorogation Great Again


Update: The Government House Leader tabled the Retroactive Prorogation Rationale in the House of Commons on 28 October. Introduction On 19 August 2020, the exigencies of a minority parliament and global pandemic brought about the first prorogation of the Parliament … Continue reading

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My Article in the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law on Electoral Reform


Some of you might be interested; some of you might not.

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Celebrate Dominion Day With The Latest Issue of The Dorchester Review


The latest issue of The Dorchester Review is now available online here once you subscribe here to receive physical copies of the magazine in the mail as well. I contributed an article to this issue on a lesser known aspect of the … Continue reading

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