Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Treaties to be ratified in Parliament

Not much surprising in the throne speech. I already mentioned the misguided commitment to democratize the Senate.

Everyone has already noticed that the déséquilibre fiscal is the doozie.

But I hadn't noticed the "Significant treaties will be submitted for a vote in Parliament" promise before. As it currently stands, signature and even ratification of a treaty are exercises of the Crown prerogative, but legislation is necessary to make a treaty effective as a matter of domestic law. (Very different from the US system.) What changes does the government have in mind?

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