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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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The Most Pointless Election Since 1965


2019 & 2021 We have just undergone a futile election which has produced substantively the same outcome as the previous general election in October 2019: a Liberal plurality around 15 to 20 seats short of a majority. On 21 October … Continue reading

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Celebrate Dominion Day With The Latest Issue of The Dorchester Review


The latest issue of The Dorchester Review is now available online here once you subscribe here to receive physical copies of the magazine in the mail as well. I contributed an article to this issue on a lesser known aspect of the … Continue reading

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1896: Tupper & Laurier Debate the Role of Governor General and Popular vs Parliamentary Sovereignty


Introduction   On 8 July 1896, Governor General Lord Aberdeen forced Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper from office by refusing to promulgate his constitutional advice and sign off on Orders-in-Council to summon senators and make other appointments. Tupper sought to fill … Continue reading

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Elizabeth May & the Spectre of Proportional Representation, Part II


Elizabeth May’s Electoral System Would Require a Multilateral Constitutional Amendment The day after the election, May appeared on CBC’s Power & Politics and both bragged that the Greens had tripled their parliamentary party (in the most basic sense, from 1 … Continue reading

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