Category Archives: Constitution (Conventional)

Some Parts of the Constitution Are More Constitutional Than Others


Introduction The constitution cannot be unconstitutional. It follows therefore that one part of the constitution cannot be used to strike down or nullify another part of the constitution. This tautology, fittingly, sounds very obvious and simple – yet it still … Continue reading

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Germany Is The New Belgium: Of Continental Parliamentarism and Caretaker Government


Introduction Germany has become the new Belgium now that the Merkel III Ministry, a Grand Coalition of Social Democrats and Christian Democrats that should only have lasted from 2013 to 2017, has become a Belgian-style long-term caretaker government. Caretaker Chancellor … Continue reading

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The Caretaker Convention in Action in British Columbia


Tomorrow, on 18 July 2017, Lieutenant Governor Guichon will swear in Premier-designate John Horgan as the next Premier of British Columbia, along with the rest of his cabinet.[1] The transition between the outgoing Clark ministry and the incoming Horgan ministry … Continue reading

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Clark’s Resignation, Horgan’s Appointment, and Responsible Government In British Columbia


The Vote in the Legislative Assembly At around 5:30 Pacific Daylight Time on 29 June 2017, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia carried New Democratic Party leader John Horgan’s motion of non-confidence and thereby defeated the Clark Ministry, by a … Continue reading

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What The Conservative-DUP Agreement Says about Votes of Confidence Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act


The Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party have finally hammered out a supply agreement that would give May’s minority government a parliamentary majority. You can read it here: Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative Party and the … Continue reading

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