Author Archives: James W.J. Bowden

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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More Tidbits On Indirect Amendment and Dissolution by Efflux of Time


If only I had discovered these little gems in time! Indirect Amendment The Commonwealth Law Bulletin will publish later this year my article “‘Indirect Amendment’: How the Federal Department of Justice Unilaterally Alters the Text of the Constitution of Canada.” … Continue reading

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Dissolution By Demise of the Crown


Introduction  Last year, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law published my piece “When the Bell Tolls for Parliament: Dissolution by Efflux of Time,” in which I highlighted a little-known means by which Parliament can dissolve automatically when it reaches … Continue reading

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