Category Archives: Articles and Books

Review of Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy by Nathan Tidridge


Nathan Tidridge has written an excellent and accessible introduction to constitutional monarchy in Canada – its history, heraldic symbols, role in the constitution – and the evolution of the Crown in Canada and the Crown of Canada. Tidrigde effectively differentiates … Continue reading

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Parliamentarians and National Security


My friend and co-author Nick MacDonald wrote “Parliamentarians and National Security”, for the Canadian Parliamentary Review. The Parliament of Canada has traditionally deferred to the government on matters relating to national security although parliamentarians have, on occasion, vied for the … Continue reading

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The Speakership of the New Zealand House of Representatives


The Canadian Parliamentary Review has just published an article by the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Lockwood Smith, which he based on a speech that delivered in 2010. In “The Speakership: A New Zealand Perspective”, Smith reviews … Continue reading

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Constitutional Scholarship or Political Activism? The Role of the Academy Following the Coalition-Prorogation Crisis of 2008


Introduction The line between academia and scholarship on the one hand and punditry and activism on the other has become increasingly blurred in Canada, especially in the wake of the coalition-prorogation crisis of December 2008. Recent works like Democratizing the … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Privilege and National Security


My partner in parliamentarism Nick MacDonald has taught me much on parliamentary privilege, and I’m sure that in time, he will become one of the foremost experts on the subject in Canada and the Commonwealth! In his forthcoming article “Parliamentarians … Continue reading

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