Category Archives: Constitution (Written)

Review of Gee & Webber’s “What Is a Political Constitution?” and Some More Thoughts on the Nature of Constitutional Conventions


Constitutional Norms in the United States vs Constitutional Conventions in Canada I’ve been mulling overGould’s article “Codifying Constitutional Norms” (in the United States) and about constitutional norms in the American versus Canadian systems of government a bit more over the … Continue reading

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On the Doctrine of Necessity: The Division of Powers Does Not Apply During a Pandemic


On 1 April, Quebec announced what I presumed at the time must have been an April Fool’s Joke: that it would use its provincial police, La Sûreté du Québec, and municipal police forces to set up border checkpoints with Ontario, … Continue reading

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Changing Canada’s Capital City: Section 16 of the Constitution Act, 1867


Introduction Over the last five weeks or so, two of my closest constitutional compatriots have independently of one another brought up the same issue with me on the subject of section 16 of the Constitution Act, 1867, so I thought … Continue reading

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More Tidbits On Indirect Amendment and Dissolution by Efflux of Time


If only I had discovered these little gems in time! Indirect Amendment The Commonwealth Law Bulletin will publish later this year my article “‘Indirect Amendment’: How the Federal Department of Justice Unilaterally Alters the Text of the Constitution of Canada.” … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of 2018: Recent and Upcoming Publications


I’m pleased to report that the Commonwealth Law Bulletin has accepted and will publish at some point in 2019 my manuscript entitled “‘Indirect Amendment’: How the Federal Department of Justice Unilaterally Alters the Text of the Constitution of Canada.” This … Continue reading

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