Author Archives: James W.J. Bowden

No Prorogation: The Long Parliamentary Sessions in Canada and the United Kingdom


Introduction Edited on 10 June to reflect the correct maximum life of the 1st session of the 42nd Parliament of Canada upon dissolution in September 2019, as opposed to June 2019. The 42nd Parliament of Canada and the 57th Parliament … Continue reading

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Policy Options and Electoral Reform in Quebec


Some of you might be interested that Policy Options published “Quebec Poised to Adopt Proportional Election System,” an updated version of my piece on why Premier Legault is serious about switching Quebec to mixed-member proportional representation; some of you might not. I … Continue reading

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Newfoundland & Labrador Will Also Go for An Early Election in May 2019


Introduction Since January 2019, speculation that Premier Ball of Newfoundland and Labrador will opt for an early election has mounted.[1] On 29 March, Ball confirmed that he would seek early dissolution so that the election itself occurs on or before … Continue reading

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Wade MacLauchlan of PEI Has Become the First Premier to Ignore a Fixed-Date Election Law Twice


Introduction Events have answered a question that I posed last year here on Parliamentum on 24 May 2018. I wondered, “Will Wade MacLauchlan Become the First Premier to Ignore a Fixed-Date Elections Law Twice?” Yes. Wade MacLauchlan has become the … Continue reading

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The Legault Government Might Actually Implement Mixed-Member Proportional Representation in Quebec


Judging from some recent reports in Quebec’s French-language press, I think that there is a good chance that Premier Legault’s government will in fact pursue electoral reform and that the National Assembly will switch Quebec’s provincial electoral system from single-member … Continue reading

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