Red, White, and Kind of Blue?

The Conservatives and the Americanization of Canadian Constitutional Culture

Table des matières


Chapter One. “No Servile Copy”: Constitutional Differences That Matter

Chapter Two. President or Prime Minister? Prorogation 2008

Chapter Three. The King’s Prerogative vs. Parliamentary Privilege: Prorogation 2009

Chapter Four. A “More Salutary Check”? Electing the Canadian Senate

Chapter Five. Appointing Justices: Supreme Court Nominees and the Press


La description

Situated between two constitutional traditions, those of the United Kingdom and the United States, Canada has maintained a distinctive third way: federal, parliamentary, and flexible. Yet, in recent years it seems that Canadian constitutional culture has been moving increasingly in an American direction. Red, White, and Kind of Blue? is a comparative legal analysis of this creeping Americanization, as well as a probing examination of the costs and benefits that come with it. Comparing British, Canadian, and American constitutional traditions, David Schneiderman offers a critical perspective on the Americanization of Canadian constitutional practice and a timely warning about its unexamined consequences.


“By providing a provocative discussion of contemporary issues and analysis of constitutional reform, Red, White and Kind of Blue is a worthy read. As for its core argument, the book should succeed in spurring a useful debate about Canada’s constitutional culture as well. ”

- Emmett MacFarlane, The Literary Review of Canada, March 2016

“Red, White and Kind of Blue? is crisp and unnerving. It suggests Parliament is so malleable, and many of its participants so weak, it dispensed with ancient checks and balances without a shot being fired. ”

- Holly Doan

‘Highly recommended. ’

- G. A. McBeath