Category Archives: Dissolution

What Is It About Dissolution That Everyone Finds So Confusing?


I’m posing this question seriously, because I genuinely don’t know the answer to it. It truly baffles me. But what I do know is that Canadian journalists and scholars don’t seem to understand the implications of our various federal and … Continue reading

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Ontario’s Next General Election Has Only Just Been Scheduled for June 2018


On this subject, I raised the ire of various journalists who accused me of that cardinal sin of pedantry. If I’m pedantic, then they’re obtuse. To declare that a law has been amended even before the government has tabled the … Continue reading

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How the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Complicates Brexit and An Early General Election


Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Introduction Various British MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and journalists like Peter Hitchens have called for an early general election in the wake of Leave’s victory in the Brexit referendum and Prime Minister Cameron’s announcement that he will … Continue reading

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Ontario’s Next Provincial General Election: October 2018, Not June 2018


Update (18 November 2016): Please set the latest news on Ontario’s fixed-date election law: Finally! A Media Outlet Writes An Accurate Story on Ontario’s Next Provincial Election! Ontario’s Next Provincial General Election Has Only Just Been Scheduled for June 2018 … Continue reading

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The Mandate Problem: Early Dissolutions and Fixed-Date Election Laws in Prince Edward Island and Alberta


Introduction This week, Premier Wade MacLaughlan of Prince Edward Island and Premier Jim Prentice of Alberta joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and former Premier Pauline Marois as the four and fifth first ministers, respectively, in exposing the … Continue reading

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