Category Archives: Constitution (Written)

Why The Finance Minister Is the Most Important After the Prime Minister


  Introduction If you asked Canadians, Britons, or Australians which minister is the most important after the prime minister, you would almost invariably get the same answer: the Finance Minister — known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the … Continue reading

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Who Updates Section 37 of the Constitution Act, 1867?


Whenever I re-read the Constitution Act, 1867 — the statute formerly known as the British North America Act, 1867 –, I always see something interesting which I hadn’t noticed before. I’m currently drafting a response to Professor Pilon’s strawman summary … Continue reading

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On Collective Ministerial Responsibility and Impeachment


Introduction: Ian Brodie’s Article in The Dorchester Review Ian Brodie, one of Stephen Harper’s former chiefs of staff who served him both as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and as Prime Minister, contributed an interesting article to the most recent … Continue reading

Posted in Articles and Books, Confidence Convention, Dorchester Review, Parliamentary Privilege, Responsible Government, Reviews and Critiques, Separation of Powers | 6 Comments

The House of Commons Should Not Authorize Military Deployments


On 8 September 2016, Maxime Bernier criticized the Trudeau II government on his official Facebook group for having decided not to put the deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces to UN operations in Africa to a vote in the House … Continue reading

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Who Is Canada’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister? It Depends on When “Canada” Began


Introduction The Parliament of Canada — Youth Connection’s Facebook group asked on 22 June 2016, “Who is Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister?” and asked users to submit their guesses before confirming the answer in a later post, as Mackenzie King. This … Continue reading

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