Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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. …READ MORE
Published on Policy Options, March 24, 2015
Prime Minister Harper has presented a motion to the House of Commons announcing an extension and expansion of Canada’s mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Despite what …READ MORE
Published on the Policy Options Blog, February 25, 2015
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 …READ MORE
Published on Canadian Defense Politics, January 29, 2015
Did the Prime Minister mislead the House of Commons about the nature …READ MORE
The replacement of Canada’s CF-18s is back in the news. Last week, Murray Brewster reported on a leaked PowerPoint presentation indicating that Canada will acquire four F-35s in 2017. Since this would require swapping with aircraft slated for the United …READ MORE
Canada’s deployment of military advisors to Iraq has raised questions about Parliament’s role in deployment decisions. The Conservative government has decided that a parliamentary committee will be briefed about the operation. The New Democratic Party (NDP) deems this insufficient; they …READ MORE
Published in the Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2014
It is easy to blame Parliament’s failings on an excess of executive power in our system of government. In certain cases, however, the legislature is the source of its own marginality. …READ MORE
Canada’s military training mission in Afghanistan will end in 2014. When the Canadian Forces are next sent overseas, members of Parliament will likely vote on the mission. The Conservative government has made it a point to consult the House of …READ MORE
Published in Macleans.ca, February 3, 2012
Canada’s most monarchist government in decades has just dealt a serious blow to the Canadian Crown. In an effort to quickly enact changes regarding royal succession, the government has introduced a bill that …READ MORE
Published in the Ottawa Citizen, December 6, 2012
It’s been a rough year for Canadian defence procurement.
This past spring, the Auditor General lambasted the defence department’s lack of due diligence in selecting the F-35 to replace the air …READ MORE
By James W.J. Bowden and Philippe Lagassé
The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, December 4, 2012
We learned this week that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. The news was greeted …READ MORE
The Harper government recently announced that the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS) will be looking at various options to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s. This comes at a time when the news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plane that …READ MORE
After a month of lectures on Plato and Machiavelli, today I’m starting to teach Hobbes in my second-year undergraduate course on philosophical perspectives on conflict and rights. Personally, I find that this is the most interesting part of the course, …READ MORE
First published on the Canadian International Council website.
A new Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) was appointed by the Governor-in-Council last week. Following a few months of speculation about who would be named, Cabinet decided on Lieutenant-General Thomas Lawson, …READ MORE
Published in the Globe and Mail, April 3, 2012.
In the wake of Tuesday’s expected report by the Auditor-General, the Conservative government’s hedging about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is likely to accelerate. After nearly two years of bold …READ MORE
The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen on January 9, 2012
Should Canada abandon its constitutional monarchy and become a republic? Several commentators and notable politicians think so.
Accustomed to seeing the monarchy as a quaint symbol of …READ MORE
By Philippe Lagassé and Srdjan Vucetic.
The F-35 program has received mostly bad press for months—until the government of Japan made a formal announcement on December 19 that it had selected Lockheed Martin’s stealth design as the winner of …READ MORE
By Roméo Dallaire and Philippe Lagassé.
Published in Embassy Magazine, November 16, 2011.
Canada and its NATO allies performed admirably during their recent intervention in Libya. They acted to prevent a predatory regime from potentially committing a mass atrocity; …READ MORE
Did Canada play a critical political role in relation to the Libya intervention? My colleague Roland Paris is skeptical. In an earlier post on this blog, he points out that Canada’s political influence was secondary at best, since the Canadian …READ MORE
Forum: DND and Academic Policy Advice.
In this forum, CIPS blog contributors respond to a report written by Douglas Bland and Richard Shimooka of Queen’s University, who argue that the Department of National Defense pays little attention to the views …