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Maxx
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posted 08 June 2004 11:43 PM      Profile for Maxx     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
If Paul Martin loses the election, can he still appoint all the remaining Senators and Supreme Court judges until the Speech from the Throne?
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BugBear
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posted 09 June 2004 12:14 AM      Profile for BugBear   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
If a party other than the Liberals were to get a clear majority in the House and Martin did not tender his resignation there would be a constitutional crisis. But he could carry on, prepare a Throne Speech and have a debate on the Speech from the Throne. He would lose the vote and the GG would ask another person to form the gov't. Repeat again with different seats etc.

If there were no clear majority, Martin could stay on as PM even if the Libs weren't the largest party but was the party most likely to get the support of the House.

He is actually legally PM until defeated in the House. The custom is to resign when one loses an election.

If no one can get the confidence of the House then another election is required.


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Maxx
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posted 09 June 2004 12:30 AM      Profile for Maxx     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So that's a yes? He will still be able to appoint senators and judges?
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Doug
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posted 09 June 2004 12:35 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yes, he certainly can, though it would be highly irregular and I doubt it would be well-received.

[ 09 June 2004: Message edited by: Doug ]


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