It’s not about who wins the most seats

(Note: Not the information you’re looking for? I do try to help people as much as I can and regularly monitor key word activity on this blog to see what is bringing people here. If this post doesn’t answer your questions, please consider contacting me with details regarding what information you’re looking for, including context (i.e. if it relates to something currently in the news). I might be able to answer your question(s), or at least direct you to a site that might provide more answers. I will reply to you by email, and if it’s a very interesting question, I may even write a proper blog post about it.) Canadian Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff issued a statement on […]

Lessons Learned – Part 3

This will probably be my final installment discussing some of the findings in the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s Report, Lessons from the process of Government formation after the 2010 General Election. If you missed them, here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2. In this post, I will look at the findings concerning the Coalition’s Programme for Government, which was the document released on May 20 which outlined in detail the Coalition’s substantive policies.  As always, the page references cited below are in reference to the PDF version of the report. There has been much debate over this document, with many arguing that it lacks a popular mandate since it was created after the […]

Lessons Learned – Part 2

Continuing my discussion of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s recent report, Lessons from the process of Government formation after the 2010 General Election, in this section, I will look at their findings regarding when a Prime Minister should resign and the appointment of the new Prime Minister. Parliamentary custom and convention dictate that, in the event of a hung Parliament, the incumbent Prime Minister has the right to remain in office and attempt to form a government that will command the confidence of the House of Commons. The PM has another important constitutional duty to fulfill, and that is to “ensure that the Monarch is not without an advisor, and therefore to remain in office until […]