Category Archives: Fixed-Date Elections

Democracy Watch Wishes That It Could Quit the Fixed-Date Election Law


  Introduction  Democracy Watch touts itself as “the most effective and successful national citizen advocacy group in Canada at winning systemic changes to key laws since […] 1993.”[1] But it has certainly not met with success in its quixotic crusade … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November: Nova Scotia Enacts Canada’s Last Fixed-Date Election Law


Nova Scotia’s Failed Fixed-Date Election Bills, 2007-2014 No province has agonized over fixed-date elections like Nova Scotia. Its House of Assembly has debated several private members’ bills to establish fixed-date elections and almost joined in the first wave of legislation … Continue reading

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Yukon’s Fixed-Date Elections Law


Introduction Between 2001 and 2021, all the federal parliament and the legislatures in all provinces and territories enacted fixed-date election laws. British Columbia started the trend in 2001. Yukon held out to December 2020, and Nova Scotia fell on 5 … Continue reading

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The Courts Uphold the Correct Interpretation of Fixed-Date Election Laws for the Fifth Time Since 2009


Introduction Blaine Higgs became Premier of New Brunswick on 9 November 2018 because Brian Gallant’s Liberal ministry lost the vote on the Address-in-Reply to the Speech from the Throne in the minority legislature that voters had returned on 24 September … Continue reading

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Why Justin Trudeau’s Snap Election in 2021 Does Not Break the Fixed-Date Elections Law


The Signs Pointing to a Snap Election, June to August 2021 Since at least mid-June, the media had treated an early election as a fait accompli, and politicians and political parties began acting as if the writ had already begun … Continue reading

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