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The Canadian Study of Parliament Group’s Conference on Electoral Reform


Introduction My regular readers will know that I’m not a one-trick pony; at the very least, I’ve become a three-trick pony whose obsession oscillates from the constitutional conventions of Responsible Government – especially as they pertain to dissolution and prorogation … Continue reading

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Jean-Pierre Kingsley Is Wrong: Electoral Reform Is A Constitutional Matter


Publication in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Magazine I am most grateful to Brian Lee Crowley, David Watson, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for having published my short article on electoral reform online under the title, “Time Has Already Run Out on Electoral Reform“; … Continue reading

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Stéphane Dion Is Right: Put Electoral Reform to a Referendum


In 2012, Stéphane Dion wrote a short policy paper on electoral reform in which he advocated that Canadians elect MPs to the House of Commons through a single transferable vote (STV) electoral system. Under Dion’s model, the multi-member constituencies would … Continue reading

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The Trudeau II Government’s Electoral Teleology


The Liberal Platform and the Trudeau II Government’s Policy Proposal During the last general election, the Liberals pledged to study changing the electoral system from single-member plurality (also known pejoratively by its opponents as “first past the post”) to some … Continue reading

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The Harper Government’s Senate Reform Bill (C-7) and Its Implications on Crown Prerogative and Responsible Government


Introduction Since the 39th Parliament, the Harper government has tried and failed to pass bills that would limit the tenure of Senators to somewhere between 8 and 12 years and provide a legislative framework for provincial senatorial elections along the … Continue reading

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