Category Archives: Formation of Governments

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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Death by Deadlock: The Fate of the Gallant Government


By James Bowden and Lyle Skinner  Table of Contents Executive Summary. 1 Introduction. 1 First Principles and Rationales in Forming Governments. 3 The Lieutenant-Governor’s First Duty Under Responsible Government 3 The Incumbent Government Stays In Office Unless the Assembly or … Continue reading

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The Merkel III Cabinet: Germany’s Longest Caretaker


Introduction The Merkel III Cabinet should have lasted from 2013 to 2017, but it lingered on in office for five months – from the first meeting of the new Bundestag on 24 October 2017 until the appointment of the new … 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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Some Discretion: On Dissolution and the Lieutenant Governor


  Here are the general principles at play in dissolving legislatures and appointing premiers if Premier Clark’s ministry loses the confidence of the legislative assembly today.

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