Members leaving the House

As similar as are the UK and Canadian parliamentary systems, there are some very interesting differences. One of these is the fact that Brit [...]

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If a Second Chamber dissents from the First, it is mischievous; if it agrees, it is superfluous. – Abbé Sieyès as quoted in S.D. Bai [...]

On debating bills (Canada)

(Note: this post is not intended as a detailed explanation of the legislative process. For an explanation of how a bill becomes law (in Cana [...]

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The Senate has been very severely criticized for its action … If we enact legislation speedily, we are called rubber stamps. If we exe [...]

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Those are the arguments that were put forward against the 1832 Act, the 1867 Act, the 1911 Act-every single reform that we have ever had-and [...]

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I may just be a little council house lad from a very poor background but that background gives me a backbone, it gives me a thick skin and I [...]

Filibusters in the House of Commons, part 2

In my first post on this topic, I explained that filibusters are very rare in the Canadian House of Commons because various rules have been [...]

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Something sad has happened when the media consensus can unite with ill-placed self-righteousness, not only temporarily to overwhelm logic bu [...]

Initial thoughts on the Senate Reform Bill

Canada’s Conservative government introduced its legislation to reform the Canada Senate. There are some interesting parallels with the [...]

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The authority of the Chair is no greater than the House wants it to be. When the rules are clear and offer precise guidance to the Speaker, [...]
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