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.

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

Posted in Dorchester Review, Electoral Reform, History of British North America, Reform | 1 Comment

Canada: A Refuge & Shining City on a Hill for American Losers


During the lead up to the presidential election in November 2004, some of my Democratic peers in Anchorage claimed that they would emigrate to Canada if George W. Bush won re-election. Of course, since we were only high school students … Continue reading

Posted in History of British North America | 2 Comments

An Outbreak of Snap Election Fever During a Pandemic


Whenever Canadian journalists get bored or run out of other things on which to write, they often engage in idle speculation about snap elections. This time John Ivison of The National Post became Patient Zero in this latest strain of … Continue reading

Posted in Dissolution, Fixed-Date Elections | 2 Comments

The Division of Powers Does Not Apply During a Pandemic


On 1 April, Quebec announced what I presumed at the time must have been an April Fool’s Joke: that it would use its provincial police, La Sûreté du Québec, and municipal police forces to set up border checkpoints with Ontario, … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution (Written), Division of Powers | 4 Comments

The Fixed-Date Election Law Forced Saskatchewan’s Upcoming Pandemic Election


Introduction Brian Pallister’s unnecessary early election last year – done ostensibly to prevent an election from occurring during the celebrations of Manitoba’s sesquicentennial in 2020 and to avoid accusations that his government would short-circuit rules against advertising to benefit the … Continue reading

Posted in Crown (Powers and Office), Dissolution, Fixed-Date Elections | 3 Comments