Author Archives: James W.J. Bowden

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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The Caretaker Convention and the Appointment of Supreme Court Justices During Elections: 2015 vs 2019


Prime Minister Appoints New Justice to the Supreme Court During the Election On 24 April 2015, Marshall Rothstein announced that he would retire as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada on 31 August 2015.[1] On 27 July 2015, … Continue reading

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