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. 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 Strange Taboo Against Constitutional Amendment in Canada


Reputedly Unamendable Yet Frequently Amended The Constitution of Canada has gained a reputation for having become unamendable and ossified since 1992 when Canadians rejected the proposed Charlottetown Accord in a country-wide referendum and brought the era mega-constitutional amendment to a … Continue reading

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Democracy Watch Wishes That It Could Quit the Fixed-Date Election Law


  Introduction  Democracy Watch touts itself as “the most effective and successful national citizen advocacy group in Canada at winning systemic changes to key laws since […] 1993.”[1] But it has certainly not met with success in its quixotic crusade … Continue reading

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What Conservative MPs Said About Inflation and the Liberal-New Democratic Entente


“We can’t see it. But we’re all trapped inside these strange, repeating loops.” – The Matrix Resurrections   I recently stumbled upon what some backbench Conservative MPs said on inflation and the Liberal-New Democratic Entente. They denounced the Trudeau government … Continue reading

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The Importance of Narrative in Politics: The Example of Cabinet Manuals in Canada


Sometimes the narrative surrounding an issue and the way that someone presents an issue overshadows the facts of the matter. Take, for instance, the case of the Guide for Ministers in Canada and this issue of cabinet manuals which some … Continue reading

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Cabinet Manuals As Prime Minister’s Manuals: Review of “The Prime Minister’s Constitution”


Nicholas Barry, Narelle Miragliotta, and Zim Nwokora have followed up on their work from 2018 “The Dynamics of Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Democracies” with an article on cabinet manuals entitled “The Prime Minister’s Constitution: Cabinet Rulebooks in Westminster Democracies.” They … Continue reading

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