No Discretion: On Prorogation and the Governor General
Canadian Parliamentary Review 34, No. 1 (Spring 2011): 7-16
10 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2013
Date Written: March 20, 2011
This paper examines the often-ignored prorogation of 1873, the evolution of the governor general’s reserve power over time, and the fundamental differences between dissolution and prorogation. It concludes that the Macdonald-Dufferin prorogation of 1873 serves as the relevant case for the Harper-Jean prorogation of 2008, rather than the oft-cited King-Byng Affair of 1926, and that the governor general’s reserve power does not apply to prorogation.
Keywords: constitutional convention, prorogation, reserve powers, discretionary authority, Governor General, Prime Minister, Responsible Government
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