Category Archives: Formation of Governments

Minority Parliaments and the Governor General’s Special Warrants


Joe Jordan’s Column The polls indicate that Canadians will elect a minority parliament next week, and this has naturally spawned much speculation on the roles of the Governor General and political parties in the formation of governments and what would … Continue reading

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Prince Edward Island’s First Successful Minority Government


MacLauchlan’s Early Dissolution Gambit Fails Premier Wade MacLauchlan on 26 March 2019 advised Lieutenant-Governor Antoinette Perry to dissolve the 65th General Assembly of Prince Edward Island and issue writs of election for polling day on 23 April 2019.[1] Prince Edward … Continue reading

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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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