Category Archives: Dissolution

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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The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act’s Complexities Could Save Prime Minister May


Two of the most prominent cabinet ministers, and those most heavily implicated in Brexit negotiations, have resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet, and her ministry could fall. However, the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act complicates matters and could even offer the beleaguered … Continue reading

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Premier Gallant and the Early Dissolution That Wasn’t


Introduction  On Friday, 20 October 2017, CBC journalist Jacques Poitras reported on a strange, ambiguous press release  from the Liberal Premier of New Brunswick, Brian Gallant, and speculated what it might mean. The original press release said that the Premier … Continue reading

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Clark’s Resignation, Horgan’s Appointment, and Responsible Government In British Columbia


The Vote in the Legislative Assembly At around 5:30 Pacific Daylight Time on 29 June 2017, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia carried New Democratic Party leader John Horgan’s motion of non-confidence and thereby defeated the Clark Ministry, by a … Continue reading

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