Tag Archives: Philippe Lagassé

The Queen’s Annual Christmas Message


Introduction I wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope that this blog entry finds you well. Last year in “A Parliamentarist’s Christmas,” I explored the influences of ecclesiastical architecture on the neo-Gothic style of the Centre Bloc of … Continue reading

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Succeeding to the Australian Throne


Succession in Australia Anne Twomey, a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, has written extensively on the Crown of Australia and other issues of government. I consider her the foremost expert on constitutionalism and Westminster parliamentarism in our … Continue reading

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“Succeeding to the Canadian Throne”


Professor Philippe Lagassé and I have co-authored “Succeeding to the Canadian Throne” for the Ottawa Citizen. In this column, we explain why the Crown of Canada is a hereditary corporation sole and why succession to the Crown falls under the … Continue reading

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The Demise of Responsible Government and the Crown Prerogative on Defence


Perilous Precedents: Parliamentary Approval of Troop Deployments Many scholars have lamented the Harper government’s alleged “abuse” of Crown prerogatives on prorogation and dissolution, and its overall attitude toward Parliament (i.e., the House of Commons). I of course disagree with the … Continue reading

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