Friday, May 06, 2011

Constitutional Matters

A friend of mine ( James Bowden) has written an interesting article on prorogation in The Canadian Parliamentary Review. I agree with the conclusions. Read the article and see what you think.

No Discretion: On Prorogation and the Governor General 

 The prorogation of parliament in 2008 left Canadians - politicians, academics, and the electorate alike - scrambling to figure out the constitutional role of the governor general. Across the country many questions were posed, but they were answered without a thorough historical examination of the practice of prorogation or an analysis of the development of responsible government in the Westminster system. The answers tended to analyze the quality of the prime minister's advice - an issue entirely separate from the constitutional role of the governor general in Canada.. I actually agree with his analysis. Read the article and see what you think.

1 comment:

Rose21 said...

Very informative article. Should be given wide attention in the media (but probably won't be.) I never quite understood the fury about the second prorogation which was perfectly normal. There was a suggestion that it was related to Afghan detainee issue, but that was specualtion and the public was not paying much attention to the issue at that time. I think it had more to do with needed a bit of extra time given all the planning needed . . . also a chance to make the Senate appointments. Anyway, the reaction was bizarre, and certainly politically motivated. I suspected at the time -- and still do -- that those objecting were expressing their residual anger over the failure of the coalition which they likely attributed to the first prorogue.

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