Emmett Macfarlane

Is a ban on floor-crossing politicians unconstitutional?

Former federal minister Steven Fletcher says a Manitoba law banning the practice infringes on his freedoms—and the rights of his constituents

Prostitution laws: Over to you, Parliament

What the Supreme Court ruling means for the future of prostitution in Canada

The Harper government’s galling argument in the Senate reference

The government aims to change the amending formula by stealth

How the Supreme Court and Tom Mulcair made something out of not much

An unnecessary tempest over the Patriation Reference

Parsing the Unity Bill

The NDP is wrong on secession, the Clarity Act and the Supreme Court


The Governor General and First Nations

Emmett Macfarlane considers the Governor General and his place, or lack thereof, in the current discussion.


Accepting imperfection

Emmett Macfarlane considers yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Etobicoke Centre.


The courts and Omar Khadr

Elsewhere on Macleans.ca, Emmett Macfarlane gives the Supreme Court a share of the blame for Omar Khadr’s situation.

How Quebec’s back-to-school bill fails

Political scientist Emmett Macfarlane weighs in


Why we need real scrutiny

Emmett Macfarlane considers yesterday’s Supreme Court hearings.