Category Archives: Dissolution

Dissolution By Demise of the Crown


Introduction  Last year, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law published my piece “When the Bell Tolls for Parliament: Dissolution by Efflux of Time,” in which I highlighted a little-known means by which Parliament can dissolve automatically when it reaches … Continue reading

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What Happens in the Assembly After the Gallant Government Falls


By James Bowden and Lyle Skinner  Table of Contents Introduction                                                                                                                                1 New Brunswick, 2018                                                                                                                 1 If the Gallant Government Survives the Confidence Vote.                                                 5 If the Gallant Government Is Defeated                                                                                6 What happens to the Legislative Assembly?                                                                         6 Age of … Continue reading

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Politicos No Longer Give the Fixed-Date Elections Law a Second Thought


Robin Sears, a New Democrat now of the Earnscliffe Strategy Group and a look-alike of Franklin D. Roosevelt, has joined with Susan Delacourt, Chantal Hebert, and Andrew Coyne in musing about or overtly calling for an early dissolution and snap … Continue reading

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When Snap Elections Are Good and Just


Introduction Journalists who cover politics often suffer from crippling boredom in the summer months when Parliament sits not and no longer provides them with a steady stream of headline fodder. Susan Delacourt and Andrew Coyne in June 2018 started raising … Continue reading

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What Does “Calling an Early Election” Mean Anyway?


Introduction Judging by recent media reports, the answer depends upon the length of the writ and not necessarily on the date of the election itself, as the case of Quebec in 2018 and Canada in 2015 demonstrate.

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