Category Archives: Procedure

On the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

It is without exaggeration that I write that I was quite saddened to learn today that my favourite UK House of Commons Select Committee, The [...]

Champion of the House

The new UK Parliament met on 18 May to deal with the first business of any new parliament: electing the Speaker. In the UK, if the Speaker s [...]

Five years ago this month

Around this time five years ago, I was quite despondent about the state of politics here in Canada. I was finding it increasingly difficult [...]

Erroneous things written by political commentators

It’s become painfully clear to me that a number of reporters and columnists who cover politics don’t fully understand how a West [...]

Government Formation Revisited

I’ve written a number of posts exploring the issue of government formation in a hung parliament, but in the lead-up to the May 7 2015 [...]

Much ado about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

It would be remiss of me to not comment on the growing worry over the UK’s Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FPTA) and its possible conseque [...]


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On dumping first-past-the-post for all the wrong reasons

In an earlier post, I explained how Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson was wrongly pinning the blame for most of the problems facing C [...]

Alberta 2015 General Election Political Party Platform Comparisons

Many people are looking for a site comparing the platforms of the political parties contesting the upcoming Alberta provincial election (5 M [...]

When a Party isn’t a Party, Part 3

(This is the third installment of a series on the history of ministerial statements and officially recognized party status. Please read Part [...]
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