Mark Jarvis

The Backbench Spring: What about the Liberal motion?

The fate of members’ statements faces a vote

Nobody’s home

Tim Harper notes the eerie silence around the nation’s legislatures.

The absentee B.C. legislature

Why we should be worried about a government that sits for only 19 days in a full calendar year


Running away from the legislature

Peter Loewen condemns Dalton McGuinty’s use of prorogation.


Our troubled House

The New Democrats have called a news conference for 10:30am this morning to outline their “plan for ensuring a full study of the Conservative’s omnibus budget bill.” Thomas Mulcair mused this weekend of both “parliamentary” and “legal” options, while environmental groups are planning a national ad campaign.


Power, Parliament and the Prime Minister

Donner winners Mark Jarvis and Lori Turnbull argue that the Prime Minister has become too powerful.


In praise of democracy

Last night in Toronto, the Donner Prize for the best public policy book in Canada was awarded to Democratizing the Constitution by Mark Jarvis, Lori Turnbull and the late Peter Aucoin. Mark graciously adapted some of the book’s proposals for a contribution to our series on the House last year.


Saving the House of Commons (II)

Further to this, Mark Jarvis chimes in via email with some of the other ideas discussed in Democratizing the Constitution.


At the prime minister’s whim

Amid speculation that the Prime Minister might prorogue Parliament, Lori Turnbull advocates for the reforms she, Mark Jarvis and Peter Aucoin laid out in Democratizing the Constitution.


In defence of partisanship

iPolitics publishes an excerpt from Democratizing the Constitution.


In memoriam

Peter Aucoin, the celebrated political science professor and scholar, passed away yesterday at the age of 67.


Don’t get cocky

Mark Jarvis manages to take issue with both sides of the Brigette DePape debate.