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Anatomy of an Election

Anatomy of an Election

Canada’s Federal General Election of 2019 Through the Lens of Political Law

By Gregory Tardi


Elections are the high point of democracy. They provide scheduled opportunities for the people at large to have a participatory voice in their own government. They enable adult citizens to judge those who have governed them recently, to select those whom they want to govern them in the near future, and to give renewed direction to their own country. Contrary to impressions generated by the media, it is a reality of democracy that elections are neither solely political events nor personality contests. In fact, elections are the ultimate blend of constitutionalism, politics, public law, and public policy.

Anatomy of an Election takes a comprehensive and interdisciplinary look at Canada’s 2019 federal election as an example of a democratic election. This book is unique in its explanation of elections and electioneering. It sets the scene by enumerating the foundational elements of Canada’s electoral system, focusing on the constitutional principles, the legislation, and the major court judgments. It then traces the flow of political legal events since 2015 that have led to the forty-third general election. Most importantly, this text provides a day-by-day diary that records the most important political and legal events throughout the campaign. Anatomy of an Election does not favour any party or candidate and is designed to inform Canadian citizens about the electoral process and its fundamental importance in the public life of the country.




Preface: The Canadian Electoral System in a Capsule

Part One: The 42nd Parliament as Prelude
Chapter 1: The Place of an Election in the Comprehensive Political Law Cycle
Chapter 2: Election-Related Promises Made in the 2015 Campaign by the Liberal Party, the Winner in the Election
Chapter 3: Mandate of the Minister Dealing with Elections and Election Law
Chapter 4: The Governing Program Set Out in the Speech from the Throne of December 4, 2015, as It Relates to Elections and Parliament
Chapter 5: By-Elections Conducted During the 42nd Parliament
Chapter 6: Issues of General Interest in the Electoral Sphere, as Expressed in Legislation and Legislative Proposals of P-42
Chapter 7: Work of the House of Commons Electoral Reform Committee During P-42
Chapter 8: Work of the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs Committee Dealing with Election Matters During P-42
Chapter 9: Work of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee During P-42
Chapter 10: Extrinsic Influences on the 43rd Federal General Election
Chapter 11: Mechanism of Coordination Between the Election Administration and the House of Commons

Part Two: The Campaign for the 43rd Federal General Election
Chapter 12: Diary of Matters of Interest for the 42nd Parliament
Chapter 13: Election Diary of the Pre election Period
Chapter 14: Election Diary from Dissolution to Nomination Day
Chapter 15: Election Diary from Nomination Day to Election Eve

Part Three: The 43rd Federal General Election
Chapter 16: Election Diary of Polling Day

Part Four: Election Results
Chapter 17: Election Diary of Vote Tabulation, Validation, Media Calls, Victory, and Concession, Immediate Aftermath
Chapter 18: International Observation of the 43rd Federal General Election
Chapter 19: Judicial Recount
Chapter 20: Election Contestation
Chapter 21: Filing of Returns
Chapter 22: Prosecution of Electoral Offences
Chapter 23: Follow-Up to the Election
Chapter 24: Reports by the Chief Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Canada Elections

Part Five: Introduction to the 43rd Parliament of Canada
Chapter 25: Formation of the Next Government of Canada
Chapter 26: The 43rd Parliament: Establishment, Opening, and Legislative Program

Postscript: Lessons Learned

Appendices: The Political Law Bedrock of Democratic Electioneering
Appendix 1: Fundamental Principles as Evidenced by Constitutional Text, Statutory Provisions, and Conventions
Appendix 2: Fundamental Constitutional Texts, Statutes, and Subordinate Instruments
Appendix 3: Fundamental Jurisprudence
Appendix 4: Principal Public Officials Involved in the Electoral System


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Published 2 June 2020
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552215296
Australian RRP $70.00
International Price $65.00
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Government / Political Studies
Law - Canadian Law

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