Category Archives: Dissolution

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: Nova Scotia Enacts Canada’s Last Fixed-Date Election Law


Nova Scotia’s Failed Fixed-Date Election Bills, 2007-2014 No province has agonized over fixed-date elections like Nova Scotia. Its House of Assembly has debated several private members’ bills to establish fixed-date elections and almost joined in the first wave of legislation … Continue reading

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The Courts Uphold the Correct Interpretation of Fixed-Date Election Laws for the Fifth Time Since 2009


Introduction Blaine Higgs became Premier of New Brunswick on 9 November 2018 because Brian Gallant’s Liberal ministry lost the vote on the Address-in-Reply to the Speech from the Throne in the minority legislature that voters had returned on 24 September … Continue reading

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Recalling a Parliament Already Dissolved? Not in Canada: the 43rd Parliament Is Dead


Introduction On 15 August 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson requested that the Speaker recall the House of Commons from its summer recess early so that MPs could hold an emergency debate over the fallout of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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Why Justin Trudeau’s Snap Election in 2021 Does Not Break the Fixed-Date Elections Law


The Signs Pointing to a Snap Election, June to August 2021 Since at least mid-June, the media had treated an early election as a fait accompli, and politicians and political parties began acting as if the writ had already begun … Continue reading

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Putting the Personal above the Factual: Errol Mendes on Early Dissolution and Fixed-Date Election Laws in 2008 vs in 2021


Introduction I have chronicled several examples of scholarly inconsistency between how some academics cover and write about Harper versus Trudeau, The four most notable examples come down to the following: tactical prorogation, contempt of parliament, the caretaker convention and the … Continue reading

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