The Charter of Rights and the Minister of Justice: Why Section 4.1.1 of the Department of Justice Act needs to be rethought and reformed

The Trudeau government has gone to great lengths to ensure greater transparency in the operation of the Canadian government. It has released all mandate letters sent to members of Cabinet, which has allowed Canadians to clearly understand the government’s policy objectives and the ethical standards demanded by the Prime Minister. This is a good start… Read More The Charter of Rights and the Minister of Justice: Why Section 4.1.1 of the Department of Justice Act needs to be rethought and reformed

The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Parliamentary Reform: Prime Minister’s Questions and Backbench Independence

The mandate letter issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Dominic LeBlanc, contains several modest – but realizable reforms – that would immediately improve the character of Parliament. The intention to establish ‘Prime Minister’s Questions’ modelled after the United Kingdom, whereby one day a week… Read More The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Parliamentary Reform: Prime Minister’s Questions and Backbench Independence