Category Archives: Dissolution

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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Peter H. Russell Now Agrees With Me: What Happens When a Governor General Rejects a Prime Minister’s Constitutional Advice


For the last eight years or so, I have stated in numerous blog posts, presentations at conferences, my thesis, and several journal articles the basic precepts of the established constitutional position of the governors and prime ministers under Responsible Government. … Continue reading

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Dissolution By Demise of the Crown in Canada


Three Ways of Dissolving Parliament In his famous treatise Commentaries on the Laws of England, Blackstone identified that dissolution can occur through one of three ways: “1. By the king’s will […]; 2. By a demise of the crown […]; … Continue reading

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An Unlawfully Long Writ Rewards the Incumbent and Will Be Allowed to Stand


Elections Newfoundland & Labrador announced the results of the ill-begotten election on Saturday at 1030 Eastern Daylight Time. The Liberals have won a bare majority of 22 out of 40 seats in the House of Assembly, where the Furey government … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Necessity in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Omnishambles Election


Conflating the Caretaker Convention with The Doctrine of Necessity I remain transfixed by the spectacle unfolding in Newfoundland and Labrador and will have to report back once Elections Newfoundland and Labrador counts the ballots cast in this illegitimate election. Last … Continue reading

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