Category Archives: Reform

Manitoba’s Early Election Expands the Caretaker Convention


Introduction  Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba after leading the Progressive Conservatives to a parliamentary majority and 53.1% of the popular vote and 40 of 57 seats in April 2016, has decided to ignore Manitoba’s fixed-date election law in the most … Continue reading

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The Timing of Scheduled Federal Elections


Introduction Parliament first considered the fixed-date election provision in the Canada Elections Act in 2006 and enacted it in May 2007. Even today, the statute still refers to what should have become the first scheduled federal election in October 2009 … Continue reading

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Policy Options and Electoral Reform in Quebec


Some of you might be interested that Policy Options published “Quebec Poised to Adopt Proportional Election System,” an updated version of my piece on why Premier Legault is serious about switching Quebec to mixed-member proportional representation; some of you might not. I … Continue reading

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Newfoundland & Labrador Will Also Go for An Early Election in May 2019


Introduction Since January 2019, speculation that Premier Ball of Newfoundland and Labrador will opt for an early election has mounted.[1] On 29 March, Ball confirmed that he would seek early dissolution so that the election itself occurs on or before … Continue reading

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Wade MacLauchlan of PEI Has Become the First Premier to Ignore a Fixed-Date Election Law Twice


Introduction Events have answered a question that I posed last year here on Parliamentum on 24 May 2018. I wondered, “Will Wade MacLauchlan Become the First Premier to Ignore a Fixed-Date Elections Law Twice?” Yes. Wade MacLauchlan has become the … Continue reading

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