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Democratic Governance: The Constitution and Canada’s Branches of Government

Introduction Canada is a “constitutional monarchy,” which is a form of government where monarchs act as the political heads of state but their powers are kept within the boundaries of that country’s constitution. [1] In Canada, the monarch is the Queen. At the time of Confederation, the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act), as […]


Lorraine Snyder
Lorraine Snyder is a law student at the University of Alberta.

Dustin Martin

The Ins and Outs of the Senate

If the recent news headlines about the Senate has you wondering how the Senate came to be, what its role is and what Senators do, then check out the ‘Senate series’ on CPLEA‘s blog, Blogosaurus Lex. Senate Series Part 1: An Introduction to the Senate Senate Series Part 2: A Bit of History Senate Series Part 3: […]


Parliamentary Democracy 101

In the Gettysburg address, Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” He was, of course, referring to the democratic model of the United States. However, the same words can be used to define Canadian parliamentary democracy: government of the people, through Parliament; by the people, through Parliament, […]


Mark Rieksts
Mark Rieksts is a lawyer with the Government of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The opinions and statements set out in this article are those of the author alone, and should not be construed as representing those of the Government of Nova Scotia.

Prorogation: A Powerful Tool Forged by History

In early December 2008, the situation for Stephen Harper’s second government appeared dire. Although he had won the election of October 14, Canadians gave his Conservatives only a minority government. Now, in the few short days since he had convened Parliament, he had so angered the opposition parties that it appeared they might combine forces […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

The Canadian Crown: The Role of the Governor General

In late 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid two notable visits to the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall and offered Her Excellency, Michaëlle Jean, advice which sparked controversy among intellectuals, pundits and editorialists.  Canadians from across the country soon joined the discussion, but in their letters to newspaper editors and chatter on radio […]


Kenneth Munro
Kenneth Munro is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.

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