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Politician Resignations and Personal Liability for By-Election Costs

“I look forward to working with and representing you.”   – Premier Jim Prentice, January 1, 2015 “My contribution to public life has come to an end.”   –Premier Jim Prentice, May 5, 2015 within minutes of being elected as an MLA Introduction Several months ago, this employment column discussed the law of employees quitting their jobs.  […]

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Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

How does the American electoral system differ from our Canadian system?

Tuesday November 6 is election day in the United States. This election is one of the most hard-fought and fractious contests in modern memory.  The polls at this point can’t predict who will win. The result in Canada’s closest neighbour might turn on a little-known and somewhat mysterious body called the Electoral College.  Americans vote […]

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Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Acting Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Riding the Election Cycle: The Role of Elections Alberta

When it comes to election administration, there are always common questions that are asked. Does everyone have an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy? Who is responsible for the elections? What happens in between and after elections? Are election laws respected? Democracy isn’t something that’s practiced once every four years, it occurs every day […]

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Sean Rathwell
Sean Rathwell works in Community Outreach for Elections Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta.
 

Running for Office: A Candidate’s Journey

In April 2010, I was sitting in a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia with a remarkable group of women from all around the world who were attending a conference of the World Movement for Democracy. Each of them had been a candidate for parliament in their home countries, many of them had not succeeded. Most of […]

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Anita Vandenbeld
Anita Vandenbeld
Anita Vandenbeld is a global expert in democratic development and women’s political participation, and has worked in Bosnia, Kosovo, DR Congo, and currently Bangladesh with international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Security and Cooperation and the National Democratic Institute.
 

American and Canadian Election Laws: Top 10 Differences

Introduction There are distinct differences in Canadian and American federal election law and practices. For example, while the processes differ, American primaries are essentially party nominations in Canada. The American process for drawing constituency boundaries (often referred to as “gerrymandering”) is much more politicized than in Canada. On the other hand, party discipline is palpably […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Lauren Stan
Lauren Stan is a student at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 


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