Category Archives: Officialization of Convention

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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My Presentation on Fixed-Elections Laws at the Canadian Political Science Association


I am enjoying my stay in Victoria this week for the Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference, though visiting British Columbia reminds me of how living in Alaska felt: like you’re permanently late and behind schedule, because everything important in … Continue reading

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“Writing the Unwritten: The Officialization of Constitutional Convention in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.”


                The Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law has released volume 6, issue 2 of August 2012, which contains six articles on constitutional conventions by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, Hugo Cyr, Andrew … Continue reading

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Jack Layton and the Prime Minister’s Prerogative to Offer State Funerals


Patrick Baud and I co-authored a column in iPolitics, which you can read here:  “Jack Layton and the Prime Minister’s Prerogative to Offer State Funerals.” Similar Posts: The Ceremonial and Protocol Handbook of the Government of Canada Commons Committee on … Continue reading

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The Ceremonial and Protocol Handbook by the Department of Canadian Heritage


A Review of the Contents The Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) created the Ceremonial and Protocol Handbook in the 1990s as a semi-official reference for use within the Government of Canada. I obtained the document through an ATIP to PCH; … Continue reading

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