The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors

Canada at 150

Table des matières


Chapter 1 - Reflections

Chapter 2 - Refraction: The Crown

Chapter 3 - Redefinition: The Senate of Canada

Chapter 4 - Readjustment: The House of Commons

Chapter 5 - Reconsideration

Chapter 6 - Recapitulation

La description

In The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors, David E. Smith presents an accessible analysis of the interconnectedness of Canada’s parliamentary institutions. Smith argues that Parliament is a unity comprised of three parts and any reforms made to one branch will, whether intended or not, affect the other branches.


  • Short-listed, Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize 2018


‘A reader will be struck by the depth of Smith’s comprehension of the subject matter. He effortlessly weaves between topics, displaying a rare expertise that is honed after decades of study. ’

- Alex Marland

"David Smith’s The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150 is a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of Canada’s political system in the context of the constitution, as the nation celebrated its sesquicentennial…The book is insightful, well thought out, and challenges many beliefs commonly held by the Canadian public, resulting in an overall great book. "

- Thomas Laval Fransoo

The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors is an interesting and thought provoking read. I recommend it for academic or parliamentary library collections. It would complement, in particular, the reading lists of upper-year undergraduate or graduate students of political science. ’

- Caitilin O’Hare