Federal Politics

Proroguing Parliament

As you can tell, I’ve been reading Peter Aucoin et al’s book, Democratizing the Constitution, over the summer and have really enjoyed it.  Like any good book, it provokes important discussion and debate.

One of the strengths of the book is its analysis of prorogation, a most welcome and timely analysis given the events in Canada over the last four years.

On page 224, they write:

The “Prime Minister is too (or not too) Powerful” Debate.

Again, from Peter Aucoin et al.’s award winning book, the authors summarize much of the conventional wisdom on Prime Ministerial power by arguing (pp. 112-113):

“the issue of concern addressed in this chapter is that power can be concentrated beyond what is required for responsible government to work effectively.  The important question then is whether Canada suffers from an unnecessary and excessive – and thus dangerous – level of prime ministerial power over the House.