Tag Archives: Canada

Royal Succession: The Canadian Debate

So, I’ve sat through the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs first hearing by webcast. The music on their livefeed is surprisingly jazzy!¬†Anyway, down to brass tacks. The government approach To recap, there are two key parts to … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: Canada gets down to business; UK awaits third reading

Canada The Senate of Canada has now sent the Succession to the Throne Bill to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs – during second reading only two speeches were made; one by the Leader of the Government … Continue reading

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Reforming prorogation

In Canada there was a bit of a controversy over the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s prorogations of parliament in 2008 and 2009, and more recently Premier Dalton McGuinty’s prorogation in Ontario. In Harper’s case, and cited as part of the … Continue reading

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The facts about Canadian Conservatives’ love of time allocation

Since the last election gave Stephen Harper a majority, his government has acquired a reputation for being trigger-happy with restricting debate by imposing time allocation, closure and putting the question. These all mean very different things. Time Allocation is the … Continue reading

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Pre-study in action: Nothing to see here

No, literally. In a post back in May I thought I would try to see how pre-study recommendations were followed up by the government and . So far so good. Only… there’s no report. From any of the committees. Yes, … Continue reading

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Labor leadership reforms

The Australian Labor party is in a bit of a crisis; nearly destroyed in Queensland and likely to receive similar treatment nationally, falling membership numbers, a highly factionalised parliamentary party and a highly damaging leadership spill (as they are called): … Continue reading

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A Tale of *Three* Bills: Australia joins and an update

A while ago, I began a new feature: A Tale of Two Bills. Both the UK and Canada had stated their intent to legislate for increased surveillance powers and data retention to better combat crime in the way mandated by … Continue reading

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