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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Instead, Harper asked for a prorogation, and Jean agreed to the request. The crisis came to redefine the role of governor generalnot only in Canada but throughout the Dominionsbecoming a major impetus in negotiations at Imperial Conferences held in the late s that led to the adoption of the Statute of Westminster Woodsworth proposed amending Stevens’ amendment to remove the censure of the government and set up a Royal Commission to investigate the customs department further.

It helped clarify the relationship between colonial Canada and the imperial centre in Britain, as there was still a sense in the s that the governor general was there to supervise affaur dominion. A request for dissolution while a motion of censure was under debate was unprecedented. At the time, if a Member of Parliament was appointed to a cabinet post he had to resign his seat and seek re-election in a by-election.

If the Governor-General had granted the affai, he would have become an accomplice in a flagrant act of contempt king-bynb Parliament.

The Liberals would govern until the election. Meighen thus formed a new Cabinet. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In the United Kingdom inthe Lascelles Affakr expressed the relevant constitutional conventions in the matter, in which the King-Byng controversy served as one of the underlying precedents.


The King-Byng crisis of is still paying it forward nearly a century later. Views Read Edit View history.

Afterthe governor general kingbyng an important figure in Canadian governance as a constitutional watchdog, [1] but the role was shorn of its previous imperial duties. James Douglas Gold Rush Fever Retrieved 23 January The whole messy affair was beneficial in the long run, though.

King resigned over the issue, and Byng called on the opposition leader, Arthur Meighan, to form a government.

King-Byng Affair

King arfair largely on the constitutional issue; what he framed as the interference by a British governor general with the rights of Canadians to govern themselves. Byng declined King’s advice. Article published July 30, ; last modified January 27, The Statute of Westminster, signed infurther made it clear that Canada had legislative independence from the British Parliament.

Byng then invited Conservative leader Arthur Meighen to form a government. Article by Eugene A. Byng instead asked the opposition Conservatives—the largest single party in the House—to form a government under Arthur Meighen.

William Lyon Mackenzie King: Queen’s King-bynv for New Zealandretrieved 6 December For the next two days, the Prime Minister and the Governor General discussed the matter, with Byng asking King not to request a dissolution which he could not give and King twice requesting that Byng consult the British government prior to making any decision. This online, public domain site is the fifth edition of the project. Home About Site Map Contact.

Retrieved from ” https: As Canada celebrates its th birthday on July 1st, we take a new look at some of the events that our collective conscious has decreed as disasters, and find the surprising upsides.

Meighen circumvented this by advising the appointment to Cabinet of ministers without portfoliowho were not required to run for re-election.


Governor General of Canada. It started out king-nyng a laserdisc in and the CD-ROM version has been used in schools across the country. Its report, which was presented to the House of Commons, acknowledged that there was widespread fraud in the department but did not specifically criticise the government. Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map.

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 affajr his right.

Letter requesting resolution to the King–Byng Affair – Wikisource, the free online library

Letter requesting resolution to the King—Byng Affair. Stevensproposed an amendment to the report which would effectively censure the government and compel it to resign.

Byng granted his request. Canada’s Governors General, Retrieved from ” https: The Conservatives held onto the government through four successful parliamentary votes, including one to censure the previous King government, but they lost a fifth vote. Before that happened, however, King asked the governor general to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections. The Progressives and others had 26 seats. 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 unprecedented” and said further: June 29,