Category Archives: Parliament

New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly Needs to Do Better


Public Records Must Be Freely Available  I discovered by attempting to research New Brunswick’s fixed-date election law that the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick has not uploaded its Debates, Journals, or committee transcripts online. All the other provincial and territorial … Continue reading

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Senator Meredith Must Trigger Section 30 in Order to Resign


Senator Meredith has announced his intent to resign his place in the Senate rather than go down in history as the first Senator to be expelled, rather than disqualified, from the upper chamber — rather like how Richard Nixon resigned the … Continue reading

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The Senate Acknowledges That It Could Expel Meredith


Will the Senate Now Exercise Its Authority? The Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest for Senators issued its report on the investigation into Senator Meredith on 2 May 2017.[1] Essentially, the report argues that the Senate possesses the … Continue reading

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Historical Resources on the Proceedings of the House of Commons and Senate


Recently, two excellent historical resources on the proceedings of the Parliament of Canada have become readily available online. Many of you would join me in finding them useful and interesting.

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Collective Parliamentary Privilege Includes The Expulsion of Members of Parliament


 Introduction As winter’s last gasp of cold air descends on Ottawa, so, too, has speculation over the expulsion of Senator Don Meredith from the upper chamber over his misuse of Senate resources in carrying out an extra-marital affair, which brought … Continue reading

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