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Canada’s Senate: Forced independence

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has just kicked out all Liberal Senators from the party caucus. They are now independents in a parliamentary sense. It just so happens most of them have collectively decided to form … Continue reading

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War: Parliament recalled over potential Syrian intervention

Today, Parliament has been recalled over the Syria crisis. Here’s a brief overview of the history of parliamentary responses to military interventions. For many wars prior to 1914, Parliament often didn’t debate the start of a conflict and often Parliament … Continue reading

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Randy Hillier’s proposals: Making government accountable

It’s my first post-degree post, and it’s a long one. A little while ago, I read up on Randy Hillier’s proposals┬áto revolutionise the way the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and indeed government in Ontario, works. My reaction is mixed (partly because … Continue reading

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Gay marriage: Lords confounds expectations

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has pretty much finished its passage through the House of Lords. Not only was the majority for the principle of gay marriage higher in the Lords than in the Commons (225 in the Commons, … Continue reading

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Escaping the judges: New Zealand

Apparently, the New Zealand Parliament just passed the Public Health and Disability bill under urgency which included a rather nasty clause which puts paid to a saga of government court defeats on the fairness of disability payments: [When this law … Continue reading

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The value of opposition and the perils of abusing your powers

Once upon a time, oppositions could extract concessions from governments. That all changed when oppositions started abusing their power to delay government business. Here, in my view, is a perfect example of how abusing power on one side leads to … Continue reading

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The Backbench Spring: Defiance in Canada

First off, H/T to Aaron Wherry who invented the phrase, it’s perfect. Canada’s parliament has long been one of the more executive-dominated, so it was wonderful when Conservative Mark Warawa MP stood up in the House of Commons and asserted, … Continue reading

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