Author Archives: James W.J. Bowden

Justin Trudeau Remains Prime Minister But Also Subject to the Caretaker Convention


Results of the Election         On 21 October, voters elected members to a minority parliament this week, the fourth in the last fifteen years. In this House of Commons, engorged to 338 members since 2015, a party needs at least 170 … Continue reading

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Andrew Scheer Is Not Exactly Wrong: Forming Governments in Minority Parliaments


“Whichever party gets the most votes and the most seats, if not an absolute majority, has the first right to seek to govern, either on its own or by reaching out to other parties.”

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Minority Parliaments and the Governor General’s Special Warrants


Joe Jordan’s Column The polls indicate that Canadians will elect a minority parliament next week, and this has naturally spawned much speculation on the roles of the Governor General and political parties in the formation of governments and what would … Continue reading

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The Over-Zealous Caretakers of the 2019 Election


Caretaker Convention During the writ in 2015, Parks Canada infamously agonised over issuing a routine public advisory about the threat that bears and mountain lions posed to hikers in Rocky Mountain national parks that fall, falsely believing that the Caretaker … Continue reading

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This Election Has Not Been A Time to Discuss Serious Issues: The Very Unserious Issue of Dual Citizenship


Introduction The media revealed earlier this week that Andrew Scheer is a natural-born citizen of both Canada and the United States. He inherited the American citizenship through his father. This piece of information has generated some considerable controversy, not least … Continue reading

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