• Clarifying the Caretaker Convention

    Clarifying the Caretaker Convention

    • October 13, 2015

    What is the caretaker convention? When does a period of caretaker government begin? When does it end? 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 seen commentators distort and misinterpret the

  • When we should, and shouldn’t, revoke citizenship

    When we should, and shouldn’t, revoke citizenship

    • September 30, 2015

    The long federal election campaign has been knocked off course at various stages by the unexpected: revelations from the Duffy trial; the accelerating Syrian refugee crisis; the niqab issue in citizenship ceremonies; and now, courtesy of Monday night’s Munk debate on foreign policy, the issue of the revocation of Canadian citizenship. That issue, introduced by

  • There’s Weirder Stuff Than Niqabs at Stake in the Citizenship Oath

    • March 30, 2015

    It was reported with mild fanfare this week that new rules of royal succession have come into effect, with all Commonwealth countries now assenting to give girls equal standing in the British monarchy’s line of succession. However, a group of legal experts is challenging the validity of Canada’s assent in Quebec Superior Court, arguing that