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Constitutional Pariah: "Reference re Senate Reform" and the Future of Parliament (Landmark Cases in Canadian Law)

Constitutional Pariah: "Reference re Senate Reform" and the Future of Parliament (Landmark Cases in Canadian Law)

Current price: $93.75
Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
Publisher:
University of British Columbia Press
ISBN:
9780774866217
Pages:
198
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Description

Attempts to reform the Canadian Senate stalled in 2014 when the Supreme Court ruled direct parliamentary change unconstitutional. Constitutional Pariah explores both the immediate and long-term aftermath of the Reference re Senate Reform decision. Driven outside the law by the court’s ruling, Parliament enacted sweeping informal changes that effectively curbed unchecked patronage and partisanship. Emmett Macfarlane argues that this decision and parliamentary response offer a roadmap toward constitutional reform in other contexts. Indeed, Macfarlane’s sharp critique raises the specter of a frozen constitution, one unable to evolve with the country.
 

About the Author

Emmett Macfarlane is associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, the author of Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role, and the editor of Constitutional Amendment in Canada and Policy Change, Courts, and the Canadian Constitution.          
 

Praise for Constitutional Pariah: "Reference re Senate Reform" and the Future of Parliament (Landmark Cases in Canadian Law)

"This is an important and gratifying work in the study of Senate reform, full of well-constructed arguments that are worthy of debate."—Don Desserud, University of Prince Edward Island

"An extremely impressive book from a very accomplished author. Constitutional Pariah will become the go-to reference whenever the role of the Senate in the national policy process is discussed."—Paul Thomas, University of Manitoba

An extremely impressive book from a very accomplished author. Constitutional Pariah will become the go-to reference whenever the role of the Senate in the national policy process is discussed.
 
 
— Paul Thomas, University of Manitoba

“This is an important and gratifying work in the study of Senate reform, full of well-constructed arguments that are worthy of debate.”
 
— Don Desserud, University of Prince Edward Island