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How to go about this


 

I’ve asked a few learned minds about the feasibility of the NDP’s prorogation reform proposal. First to write back, University of Toronto professor emeritus Peter Russell.

I think what the NDP has in mind could be okay if properly drafted. It should be a resolution of Parliament saying that the Prime Minister should not ask the Governor General to prorogue without the approval of a majority of members (or a majority vote) of the House of Commons. Such a resolution would not purport to bind the Governor General in law—but would give the Governor General a political principle to guide her in exercising her discretionary power to prorogue. If the resolutiion supporting this principle had all party support it would have the strength of a constitutional convention.


 

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