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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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Ministerial statements: a history

There’s little to nothing written about the origins of ministerial statements, so I’ve had to work it out from procedure committee reports and historic Hansard. As such, there may be errors in this and for that I apologise. I’m pretty … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: the poodle bites

Perhaps surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Intelligence and Security Committee is set, tomorrow, to slate the proposals¬†while backing a simpler and safer way to gain access to communications data¬†and join the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill (also reporting … 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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A Tale of Three Bills: committee work so far

In the UK, the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has so far had two informal briefings from Home Office officials (4th of July) and their specialist advisor Martin Hoskins (10th of July), and four public hearings (10th, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: Committee work begins

In both the UK and Australia, committee work on the internet surveillance proposals has begun. To begin locally, the British Joint Select Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has been created. This was done by four motions; one in … 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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