Minority Government in Canada: The Stephen Harper Experience

  title={Minority Government in Canada: The Stephen Harper Experience},
  author={Howard Cody},
  journal={American Review of Canadian Studies},
  pages={27 - 42}
  • H. Cody
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Political Science
  • American Review of Canadian Studies
"The art of minority government is engineering defeat on the most favourable terms." (1) Canada's politics, consistent with Britain's history under the same plurality electoral system (known as "first-past-the-post," or FPP), considers majority governments to be the norm. The largest party in the House of Commons usually has more than half the members of Parliament (MPs). Through the quarter-century between 1980 and 2004, Canadians elected six consecutive majorities. Since Canada's voters… 

Making Minority Government Work: Hung Parliaments and the Challenges for Westminster and Whitehall

Westminster perceives minority government as weak, unstable, incoherent and short term in its approach to policy. Recent experience in Canada supports that, with unstable minority governments and

Dieu et Mon Droit: The Marginalization of Parliament and the Role of Neoliberalism in The Function of the Ontario Legislature From 1971 to 2014

In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to the increasingly popular trend among western governments to use arcane parliamentary mechanisms to circumvent the legislative process.

Prime ministers in minority governments: the case of Hungary

ABSTRACT Whereas early scholarship depicted minority cabinets as weak recent findings demonstrate how various factors contribute to effective minority governance. Nevertheless, the role of prime

Why do Publics Support Minority Governments? Three Tests

First-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral rules usually produce legislative majorities. But minority governments appear to be an increasingly common electoral outcome in political systems operating under

Identity and Foreign Policy: Canada as a Nation of the Americas

Abstract Using Canada's relations with the Americas as a case study, this article seeks to better understand the link between identity and foreign policy. It argues that there is a gap between the

(Mis)representing terrorist threats: Media framing of Bill C-51

On Friday, 30 January 2015, Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced Bill C-51, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act in Canada’s House of Commons. This article

Is a Promise a Promise? Election Pledge Fulfilment in Comparative Perspective Using Sweden as an Example

The link between parties’ campaign messages and government action is essential to theories of representative democracy. This article offers the first evaluation of how different empirical approaches

Understanding Government Decision-Making: Canada’s Disaster-Relief in Haiti and Pakistan

........................................................................................................................................... iii Acknowledgements

Орфоепічна та орфофонічна варіативність англійського мовлення британців, американців і канадійців (експериментально-фонетичне дослідження) . – На правах рукопису.

Gorikhovsky M.V. Strategic management of the farms competitiveness. Мanuscript. The dissertation for the degree of candidate of economic sciences, specialty 08.00.04 «Economics and management of the



Electoral Instability in Canada: Implications for the Canada-U.S. Relationship

n his first six years in office, President George W. Bush has met with three I Canadian prime ministers. From the perspective of the Bush administration, each successive prime minister has

The Problem of "Minority" Government in Canada

During the election of April, 1963, Liberal speeches and editorials tended to depict minority government (that is, government by a cabinet with less than half the seats in the House of Commons) as a

The New Democrats' Search for Relevance as a Nudge Party

Canada's New Democrats, a third party in federal politics, selected Toronto City Councillor Jack Layton as their federal leader in January 2003 over five opponents at a leadership convention held in

The Rise of Third Parties in the 1993 Canadian Federal Election: Pinard Revisited

  • É. Bélanger
  • Political Science
    Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • 2004
Abstract. This study proposes a new test of Maurice Pinard's theory on the rise of third parties applied to the case of the 1993 Canadian federal election. We assess the effect at the individual

The Political Consequences of Electoral Laws, 1945–85

A systematic analysis of the relationships between the main electoral system variables (electoral formula, district magnitude, and ballot structure) and electoral outcomes (the degrees of

Constitutional Frameworks and Democratic Consolidation: Parliamentarianism versus Presidentialism

A fundamental political-institutional question that has only recently received serious scholarly attention concerns the impact of different constitutional frameworks on democratic consolidation.

Canadian-American Relations in a Turbulent Era

  • Munroe Eagles
  • Political Science
    PS: Political Science & Politics
  • 2006
On September 11, 2001, the turbulence that is characteristic of the post-Cold War international system came to bear fully on the Canadian-American relationship. Rumors that the highjackers entered

The Political Economy of Open Federalism

  • Adam Harmes
  • Political Science
    Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • 2007
Abstract. This article examines the federal Conservative party's notion of “open federalism” from a political economy perspective. In doing so, it argues that open federalism will appeal to business

Federalism, Liberalism, and the Separation of Loyalties Forthcoming, American Political Science Review, c. August 2007

Federalism, when it has not been ignored altogether in normative political theory, has typically been analyzed in terms that fail to match the institution as it exists in the world. Federations are

Types of Democracy

Discussion of concepts in empirical democratic theory has proceeded down two main lines: in terms of theory, from classical institutionalism to new institutionalism; in terms of substance, from the