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Presidents Shouldn’t Play the Game of Thrones


By Convention, Lèse-Majesté Applies to the American Presidency Game of Thrones has sparked a feigned moral outrage because a prosthetic likeness of the head of President George W. Bush appears on a pike alongside Lord Eddard Stark’s, if only for … Continue reading

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The Contradictory American Presidency: Why An Elected Executive Head of State Can Only Be a Divider, Not a Uniter


Authority Makes the Presidency Unifying as Head of State; Power Renders Him Divisive as Head of Government When campaigning for the presidency, George W. Bush, then Governor of Texas, famously proclaimed, “I’m uniter, not a divider.” I aim to show … Continue reading

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Neither the Queen Nor the Governor General Can Dissolve Parliament Unilaterally!


The Radicalism of the “Stop Harper” Lobby and of the High-Tory Monarchists Last year, Bridget DePape abused her position as a Senate Page and mounted a silent protest with her “Stop Harper” sign in the Senate chamber while the Governor … Continue reading

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The Prime Minister Does Not “Represent All Canadians” – the House of Commons Does


Responsible Government and the Loyal Opposition Many of the subtle misinterpretations of the nature of responsible government derive from what some (and perhaps some of you, dear readers!) would consider “quibbling”, constitutional pedantry, or “debates over semantics.” I would argue, … Continue reading

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The Civil Service, Not the “Public” Service


As part of my series on the true nature of responsible government and Crown prerogative, I will now turn my attention to another part of the government that derives its authority from the Crown: Her Majesty’s Civil Service. The civil … Continue reading

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