Category Archives: Humour & Satire

When Hollywood Screenwriters Don’t Understand How Parliamentary Government Works


The plots of some films hinge upon fundamental misunderstandings of how parliamentary government works, and I thought that outlining an example would prove both entertaining and instructive. Sherlock Holmes from 2009, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law and … Continue reading

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Toronto Has Always Been Thus


As so often happens, I discovered this wonderful little tidbit while reading about something entirely different.

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The Harry Potter Parliament: British Columbia’s 41st Legislature


A geeky, Obsessive Pop-Culture Disorder-like thought about British Columbia’s 41st Legislature just occurred to me. Whomever the assembly elects as its Speaker, and whether the Clark ministry survives or a Horgan ministry takes its place, the razor-thin margin between the … Continue reading

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Toronto’s City Hall Perfectly Represents Toronto Itself


A few years ago, I took the train from Ottawa to Toronto. For whatever reason, I became transfixed at this portrait of Toronto’s city hall mounted to the front of the passenger car. I started at it for a minute … Continue reading

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Execute Order 66: The Royal Recommendation


  I just stumbled upon something hilarious that combines my geeky interests in Star Wars and British parliamentarism. In Commonwealth Realms, the government must approve of any and all money bills and confer upon it the Royal Recommendation before parliament … Continue reading

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