Category Archives: Fixed-Date Elections

The Doctrine of Necessity in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Omnishambles Election


Conflating the Caretaker Convention with The Doctrine of Necessity I remain transfixed by the spectacle unfolding in Newfoundland and Labrador and will have to report back once Elections Newfoundland and Labrador counts the ballots cast in this illegitimate election. Last … Continue reading

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Newfoundland & Labrador’s Omnishambles Election of 2021 Continues


How This Happened Today, on 13 February 2021, Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans across the province should have made their way to their polls and cast their ballots in a general election for their province’s 50th General Assembly. But events intervened. Newfoundland … Continue reading

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Electoral Disaster Strikes the Rock: Newfoundland & Labrador’s Crazy COVID Election


Introduction  A year ago, Dwight Ball announced his intention to resign as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador as soon as the Liberal Party had selected his successor as party leader.[1] The Liberal Party’s convention did not end up doing so … Continue reading

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An Outbreak of Snap Election Fever During a Pandemic


Whenever Canadian journalists get bored or run out of other things on which to write, they often engage in idle speculation about snap elections. This time John Ivison of The National Post became Patient Zero in this latest strain of … Continue reading

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The Fixed-Date Election Law Forced Saskatchewan’s Upcoming Pandemic Election


Introduction Brian Pallister’s unnecessary early election last year – done ostensibly to prevent an election from occurring during the celebrations of Manitoba’s sesquicentennial in 2020 and to avoid accusations that his government would short-circuit rules against advertising to benefit the … Continue reading

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