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 [...]

When a Party isn’t a Party, Part 2

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

When a Party isn’t a Party, Part 1

On March 24 2015, the Prime Minister of Canada delivered a ministerial statement to the House of Commons on the matter of expanding Canada&# [...]

The May 2015 UK General Election

The next general election in the UK will be held on May 7 2015. This blog cannot engage in a discussion of the policies of political parties [...]

Everyone may love PR, but FPTP isn’t the problem

Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson’s latest piece argues that Canada’s voting system, commonly referred to as First-Past-t [...]

A parliament of winners

The UK media is normally much better at writing about hung parliaments and government formation than is its Canadian counterpart. That being [...]

On caucus-driven leadership selection and removal

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a leadership spill attempt last week, although when 40% of your caucus no longer has confiden [...]

Thrills and Spills in Australia

These are rather interesting times in Australia, both at the federal and state and territorial level. Federally, Prime Minister Tony Abbott [...]

Closed questions and PMQs

The first question directed to the Prime Minister during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), is typically what is called an [...]

A few thoughts on House sittings

There has been a lot of discussion around making the Canadian House of Commons more “family friendly” for MPs. A number of ideas [...]
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