Tag Archives: Romanticism

The True Nature of Crown Prerogative and Responsible Government


When PhDs Don’t Understand Westminster Parliamentarism The debates in Westminster parliamentarism on the role of Crown-in-Parliament vs. the Crown-in-Council mostly result from legitimate differences of interpretation of Crown prerogative, such as between Dawson’s and Forsey’s respective schools of thought. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Justin Trudeau Denies the Divisiveness of Politics


Strange Musings on Quebec’s Secession On Sunday, 12 February 2012, Justin Trudeau announced in a French-language interview that he would support the secession of Quebec in order to oppose and protect Quebec from the alleged right-wing policies of the Harper … Continue reading

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The State of the Union Address and Loyal Opposition in the United States


The State of the Union Is The Equivalent of the Sovereign’s State Opening of Parliament “[The President of the United States] shall from time to time give the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Monarchists and Left-Wing Republicans: The Inevitable Partisan Politicization of the Crown in Canada?


Introduction Constitutional monarchies benefit from the separation between the Head of State and Head of Government: under responsible government, (what Paul Benoit considers “the doctrine of royal infallibility”[1]) Ministers of the Crown are responsible for acts of the Crown and … 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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