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.

The Letters Patent Removing Julie Payette from the Office of Governor General


I’m circling back, as Jen Psaki would say when she has more news to convey, and closing the loop on this saga of the spectacular remnant of Julie Payette’s supernova. On 10 April 2021, the Trudeau government gazetted the letters … Continue reading

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Dissolution By Demise of the Crown in Canada


Three Ways of Dissolving Parliament In his famous treatise Commentaries on the Laws of England, Blackstone identified that dissolution can occur through one of three ways: “1. By the king’s will […]; 2. By a demise of the crown […]; … Continue reading

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An Unlawfully Long Writ Rewards the Incumbent and Will Be Allowed to Stand


Elections Newfoundland & Labrador announced the results of the ill-begotten election on Saturday at 1030 Eastern Daylight Time. The Liberals have won a bare majority of 22 out of 40 seats in the House of Assembly, where the Furey government … Continue reading

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The Over-Zealous Caretakers of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2021


Newfoundland and Labrador’s Caretaker Guidelines from 2019 A few weeks ago, I received a report from one of my readers that some departments of the government of Newfoundland and Labrador have decided not to answer questions from journalists on the … Continue reading

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Gerontocracy in the United States vs the Rise of Generation X in Canada


Since the fall of 2019, I have read a series of articles in mid-brow American news magazines lamenting that a crop of aging politicians born in the 1940s, these Soixante-Huitards and the tailend of the Silent Generation, maintain their deathgrip … Continue reading

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