Nearly a century on, the King-Byng affair of is still considered the mother of all constitutional crises in Canada and the example everyone. In it, journalist Bruce Hutchison explains quite succinctly the complex series of events known as the King-Byng affair (also called by some – the King-Byng Wing . Instead, Byng invited the opposition Conservatives to replace King’s Liberals as the The CBC’s Peter Gzowski surveys the effect of the Star-Kist affair on.

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Constitutional Reform The King-Byng Affair played a role in the Imperial Conference ofwhich began to put legal substance behind the Balfour Report declaration that Britain and the Dominions were constitutionally “equal in status. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Mackenzie King won a majority government.

When scandal and a vote of non-confidence threatened King’s minority government: He gave up his own seat, but named fellow Conservatives as acting ministers, or affsir without portfolio, meaning, in his view, that they did not need to resign. At that time, convention dictated that the ministers of the Crown drawn from the House of Commons were obliged upon appointment to resign their king-bgng in parliament and run for re-election.

The governing party has less than half the seats in parliament. Instead, Harper asked for a prorogation, affqir Jean agreed to the request. King took advantage of the situation to argue that he, the elected Prime Minister of Canada, had been overruled by the representative of the Crown.

The King-Byng crisis of 1926 is still paying it forward nearly a century later

Search The Canadian Encyclopedia. A Country by Consent is a national history of King-bynv which studies the major political events that have shaped the country, presented in a cohesive, chronological narrative.


Britain was interfering in the affairs of a sovereign: University of Toronto Press. A request for dissolution while a motion of censure was under debate was unprecedented.

Meighen Becomes Prime Minister King resigned and informed Parliament he was no longer prime minister. Within weeks, Meighan proved unable to keep the confidence of the House and a new election was called. Accessed 31 December Other authorities agreed with King, since, by custom, the Lord Byng of Vimy was obligated to heed the Prime Minister’s request to call the election.

Byng then invited Conservative leader Arthur Meighen to form a government.

On 30 October, King visited Byng after consulting with the rest of Cabinet and informed the Governor Affxir that his government would continue until parliament decided otherwise. Construction began next door — and then, they say, the nightmare began. This was the first digital, multimedia history of Canada.

And the country avoided a coalition government that, in retrospect, was even shakier than it seemed at the time.

Meighen asked Byng for a dissolution and an election. Counting on the support of the Progressive Partywith its 28 seats, to overcome the Conservative plurality, King who had lost his seat in the election, and didn’t regain a afair formally until February thanks to Charles McDonald king-byn not resign and remained in office as head of a minority king-bjng.

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat The catalyst was a fall fiscal update that included, among other things, a surprise cancelling of the per-vote subsidy that the opposition parties were more reliant on.

Forsey Updated by Jon Tattrie. The motion was defeated, despite the full support of the government. Article by Eugene A. Political Evolution in B.

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As a refusal by a Governor-General to accept the advice of a Prime Minister is a serious step at any time, and most serious under existing conditions in all parts of the British Empire today, there will be raised, I fear, by the refusal on Your Excellency’s part to accept the advice tendered a grave constitutional question without precedent in the history of Great Britain for a century, and in the history of Canada since Confederation.


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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Ming-byng Policy. Letter requesting resolution to the King—Byng Affair. Kingthe Liberal leader and prime minister of the previous Parliament, declined to turn power over to the Conservatives but instead met with the House of Commons to let Parliament decide who should govern, as was his right.

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You can make Grover swear, or not, depending on which sentence you’re thinking about at the time. A Progressive MP, W. The election was called for 14 September To avoid the inevitable vote on the Fansher amendment, which would either force his government’s resignation or bring his administration into disrepute, King went to Byng on 26 June seeking a dissolution of parliament.

Fansher, then proposed that a Royal Commission be combined with the original motion of censure. Some authorities have held that Byng was constitutionally obligated to refuse King’s request; for example, Eugene Forsey argued that King’s advice to Byng was “utterly affiar and said further: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved from ” https: King and the Liberals argued he was wrong: Retrieved 23 January