About Philippe Lagassé

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Philippe Lagassé

Military Deployments and a ‘Political Convention’ of Commons Support

Published on Policy Options, March 24, 2015 Prime Minister Harper has presented a motion to the House of Commons announcing an extension and expansion of Canada’s mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Despite what is being reported in various media outlets (the CBC excepted), the motion isn’t asking the Commons to ‘authorise’ th… Read More

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Should Parliament ‘Oversee’ National Security Affairs?

Published on the Policy Options Blog, February 25, 2015 Bill C-51, the Conservative government’s anti-terrorism legislation, has sparked renewed debate about Parliament’s role in overseeing Canada’s intelligence services. Opposition parties and former prime ministers have questioned why the bill does not include measures to enhance “parliament… Read More

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Canadian Mission Creep in Iraq? A CIPS Debate – Part 3

 For Parts 1 and 2 of this CIPS debate, see the posts by Roland Paris and Thomas Juneau. Published on Canadian Defense Politics, January 29, 2015 Did the Prime Minister mislead the House of Commons about the nature of Canada’s special operations mission in Iraq? It comes down to how we define three words: advise, assist, and accompany. As captured by Aaron Whe… Read More

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Canada’s F-35 Rumour Mill

The replacement of Canada’s CF-18s is back in the news. Last week, Murray Brewster reported on a leaked PowerPoint presentation indicating that Canada will acquire four F-35s in 2017. Since this would require swapping with aircraft slated for the United States Air Force, the slide deck indicates that the Canadian government will need to send a letter of in… Read More

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When Does Parliament Get to Vote on Military Deployments?

Canada’s deployment of military advisors to Iraq has raised questions about Parliament’s role in deployment decisions. The Conservative government has decided that a parliamentary committee will be briefed about the operation. The New Democratic Party (NDP) deems this insufficient; they would like the House of Commons to vote on the mission. The Libe… Read More

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Parliament Neglects its Duty to Debate Military Deployments

Published in the Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2014 It is easy to blame Parliament’s failings on an excess of executive power in our system of government. In certain cases, however, the legislature is the source of its own marginality. The absence of a substantive debate in the House of Commons regarding Canada’s military deployments in response to the crisis in Uk… Read More

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The Queen of Canada is Dead; Long Live the British Queen

Published in Macleans.ca, February 3, 2012 Canada’s most monarchist government in decades has just dealt a serious blow to the Canadian Crown. In an effort to quickly enact changes regarding royal succession, the government has introduced a bill that undermines the concept of a truly independent Canadian Crown, the foundation of Canadian sovereignty.… Read More

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Defence Procurement Problems Run Deeper Than the F-35

Published in the Ottawa Citizen, December 6, 2012 It’s been a rough year for Canadian defence procurement. This past spring, the Auditor General lambasted the defence department’s lack of due diligence in selecting the F-35 to replace the air force’s aging CF-18 fighters. A few months later, the acquisition of new army trucks was cancelled when it became c… Read More

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Succeeding to the Canadian Throne

By James W.J. Bowden and Philippe Lagassé The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, December 4, 2012 We learned this week that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. The news was greeted with the usual mix of republican derision, monarchist fawning and celebrity gossiping. In governments across the Commonwealth, a m… Read More

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