Philippe Lagassé is associate professor and Barton Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

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Clarifying the Caretaker Convention

These questions should be pretty simple to answer. Shortly after the federal election began, the Privy Council Office (PCO) released Canada’s caretaker guidelines. They’re right here for all to read. Regardless, the past weeks have …

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Improving election night media coverage

Canada’s system of government isn’t easy to understand. As a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy that relies on rules that have evolved over hundreds of years, the intricacies of our system aren’t obvious and can …

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Is Parliament influential or irrelevant?

John Ivison has a provocative piece today in the National Post on the irrelevance of Parliament. It echoes and expands on the concerns many journalists, politicians and academics have expressed about the legislature in recent years. …

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Premier-Elect or Premier-Designate?

What should we call the leader of a party who we expect will be appointed Premier or Prime Minister but who doesn't hold the office yet? Two terms have been widely used since Tuesday's election in …

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Should Parliament 'oversee' national security affairs?

Bill C-51, the Conservative government's anti-terrorism legislation, has sparked renewed debate about Parliament's role in overseeing Canada's intelligence services. Opposition parties and former prime ministers have questioned why the bill does not include measures to …

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The first and last “Queen of Canada”?

Queen Elizabeth II is Canada's longest reigning post-Conquest monarch. She surpassed Queen Victoria’s tenure on September 9, 2015. Owing to their longevity, a woman has been sovereign of Canada for the majority of its post-Confederation history. …

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