Canadian Parliamentary Review

Publication covers Canadian Parliament’s history and current events through articles on a wide range of topics.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer

A Commonwealth Partnership: Hampton and Piggs Peak
In 2005, a native of Swaziland visited the town of Hampton, New Brunswick and spoke about the AIDS epidemic. The citizens of Hampton decided to help and got involved. They established a partnership with Piggs Peak, Swaziland to help this African community....
Alberta
The Spring Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature, which commenced on February 22, 2011, and adjourned on May 12, 2011, lasted 34 sitting days, or 153 sitting hours. During the sitting, the Assembly passed 19 Government Bills,...
A Primer on Federal Specialty OmbudsOffices
Many studies have focused on the various Officers of Parliament even though there is little agreement about the classification of such Officers. Less has been written about Canadian OmbudsOffices which include some Officers of Parliament and others...
British Columbia
The third session of the 39th Parliament commenced on February 14, 2011. At the end of the first week, the House took an extended adjournment until April 27, during which there was a change in the leadership of both major provincial parties. Throne...
Discretion and the Reserve Powers of the Crown
The decision of Governor General Michaelle Jean to grant prorogation when requested by Prime Minister Harper in 2008 and 2009 led to considerable debate among students of Parliament as to the discretionary power of a governor general to reject advice...
House of Commons
On February 7, 2011, Scott Brison raised a question of privilege concerning the failure of the government to produce documents related to corporate profits and taxes and the costs of various justice bills which had previously been ordered by the Standing...
Manitoba
The Fifth session of the 39th Legislature resumed on April 12, 2011, with the delivery of the budget from Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk. The 2011-2012 total operating expenditure of $11.4 billion represents an increase of 5.2% from 2010-2011....
Ontario
On February 22, the Legislative Assembly resumed after its winter adjournment for its final regular sitting period before the October 6 provincial election. Shortly thereafter, Peter Fonseca resigned his seat on March 26 in order to run as a federal...
Prince Edward Island
The Fourth Session of the Sixty-third General Assembly resumed on April 5, 2011. It had opened on November 12, 2010, and adjourned to the call of the Speaker on December 9, 2010. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance and Municipal Affairs, introduced...
Prorogation as Constitutional Harm
Sir: In your spring issue, Nicholas MacDonald and James Bowden offer a novel reply to the numerous constitutional concerns raised by constitutional scholars, political scientists, and parliamentarians regarding the 2008 prorogation of Parliament....
Quebec
On February 3, Premier Jean Charest, shuffled his Cabinet, making certain changes in the responsibilities of the ministerial team and appointing three new Ministers: Alain Paquet, Minister for Finance, Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Aboriginal...
Saskatchewan
The spring session resumed on March 7, 2011 and on March 23 the Finance Minister, Ken Krawetz presented the province's budget for 2011-2012. The title of the budget was The Saskatchewan Advantage. The budget increased the basic personal and spousal...
Senate
Translation: Sylvia Ford Secretariat of the Assembly The Senate sat for a brief period following the adjournment for the Christmas holidays. The upper house had only a few weeks to consider the bills before the 40th Parliament was dissolved on Saturday,...
Tax Bills and the Ways and Means Process
The consideration by Parliament of the Crown's requests for taxation is one of the cornerstones of our system of government. Although the rules of procedure are fairly straightforward for the introduction of a tax bill, there are many parliamentary...
The Future of Province House, PEI
On April 29, 2010, the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly considered a motion for review of the 1974 federal-provincial agreement regarding the general management of Province House. The following extracts are from debate on the motion by the...
The Nomination of Women in the 2010 New Brunswick Election
Of the 236 candidates in the 2010 New Brunswick provincial election, 71, or about 30%, were women. This represented a significant increase over the number of female candidates in previous provincial elections. This article looks at a number of factors...
The Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly
Province House is perhaps best known to Canadians as the Birthplace of Canada, where the Fathers of Confederation met in 1864. A sandstone structure with Greek and Roman architectural lines, it was completed in 1847. It is now a national historic site,...
Yukon
On March 28th, the 2011 Spring Sitting of the First Session of the 32nd Legislative Assembly adjourned. The 30-day sitting had convened on February 3rd, about 7 weeks earlier than usual. The Sitting concluded with Assent being given in the Chamber...