Category Archives: History of British North America

Barry K. Wilson’s Biography on Sir Mackenzie Bowell


If Canada maintained a list of mediocre prime ministers, Sir Mackenzie Bowell would surely round out the top five along with Sir John Abbot, Sir John Thompson, Kim Campbell, and Joe Clark. Our second and last Senator prime minister languished … Continue reading

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Quebec’s Irredentist Designs on Labrador


Some of you might be interested in my piece in the latest issue of the Dorchester Review on the Labrador Boundary Dispute, Quebec’s continuing irredentist designs on the territory, and the story of the most recent constitutional amendment passed under … Continue reading

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The Privileges of Aristocracy: Solicitor-Client Privilege Under the Access to Information Act


“The American aristocracy is at the attorneys’ bar and on the judges’ bench.” In On Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville argued that lawyers had already emerged as the aristocratic class of the United States of America by the 1830s. … 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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“Canada’s Legal-Constitutional Continuity, 1791-1867” Published in the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law


  Some of you might be interested; some of you might not. The JPPL published an updated version of the paper that I first presented back in May 2017 at the Université de Montréal’s “Constitution at 150” conference.

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