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Time to codify the unwritten constitutional conventions, start with a 'private sector' manual

A 'private sector' manual setting out the presently unwritten constitutional conventions could provide the basis for a Cabinet manual as exists in New Zealand and the U.K. It might in time lead to amendments to the Constitution.

One of the most important lessons from the prorogation crisis in December 2008 is that some of the most important parts of Canada's Constitution consist of unwritten constitutional conventions whose interpretation, in the first instance, lies with the Prime Minister as adviser to the Governor General.

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Time to codify the unwritten constitutional conventions, start with a 'private sector' manual

A 'private sector' manual setting out the presently unwritten constitutional conventions could provide the basis for a Cabinet manual as exists in New Zealand and the U.K. It might in time lead to amendments to the Constitution.

One of the most important lessons from the prorogation crisis in December 2008 is that some of the most important parts of Canada's Constitution consist of unwritten constitutional conventions whose interpretation, in the first instance, lies with the Prime Minister as adviser to the Governor General.

  

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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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