Category Archives: Caretaker Convention

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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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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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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The Caretaker Convention in 2019


Introduction Prime Minister Trudeau has advised Her Excellency Julie Payette to dissolve the 42nd Parliament and issue the writs for the 43rd general election, which will occur on 21 October 2019. So endeth the longest session in Canadian history. The … Continue reading

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Manitoba’s Early Election Expands the Caretaker Convention


Introduction  Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba after leading the Progressive Conservatives to a parliamentary majority and 53.1% of the popular vote and 40 of 57 seats in April 2016, has decided to ignore Manitoba’s fixed-date election law in the most … Continue reading

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