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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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Byng instead asked the opposition Conservatives—the largest single party in the House—to form a government under Arthur Meighen. When scandal and a vote of non-confidence threatened King’s minority government: The Liberals were infuriated king-yng this usage of “acting ministers” and were able to get the Progressives to join them in a successful drive to bring down the Conservative minority government, [9] the government losing confidence by only one vote.

Byng declined King’s advice. 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. June 29, The change was agreed to at the Imperial Conference of and came to be official as a result of the Balfour Declaration of and Statute of Westminster Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Find National Post on Facebook. The King-Byng crisis of is still paying it forward nearly a century later. I forgot my password. Their support lasted until 25 Junewhen Parliament defeated a motion to remove censure from a no confidence motion against the King government.

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

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat Views Read Edit View history. The King-Byng Affair was a Canadian constitutional crisis pitting the powers of a prime minister against the powers of a governor general. King’s Minority Government The affair began with the 29 October federal election which returned LiberalsConservatives and 28 ProgressivesLabour and Independents to Parliament.


The Liberals would govern until the election. General and Governor General. Photo courtesy of George Metcalf Archival Collection.

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 the dominion.

Although many Conservatives privately preferred an election, Meighen believed he was bound by honour and convention to accept Byng’s invitation. Your Excellency having declined to accept my advice to place your signature to the Order-in-Council with reference to a dissolution of parliament, which I have placed before you to-day, I hereby tender to Your Excellency my resignation as Prime Minister of Canada.

The Progressives were already distancing themselves from the government because of its failure to transfer control of Alberta ‘s natural resources from the federal government to the province, but in June had saved the government from defeat in a no-confidence motion on the matter. Knig-byng 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 king-yng any decision.

However, Labour MP J.

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King Wins Election The election was called for 14 September Fansher, then proposed that a Royal Commission be combined with the original motion of censure. The Progressive Party’s support was temporarily retained by the formation of a special committee to investigate the corruption in the customs department.

Woodsworth proposed amending Stevens’ amendment to remove the censure of the government and set up a Royal Commission to investigate the customs department further. 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 Ding. Letter requesting resolution to the King—Byng Affair.


If there is anything which, having regard to my responsibilities as Prime Minister, I can even yet do to avert such a deplorable and, possibly, far-reaching crisis, I shall be glad to do so, and shall be pleased to have my resignation withheld at Your Excellency’s request pending the time it may be necessary for Your Excellency to communicate with the Secretary of State for the Dominions. It ended with King winning an eventual election, and no governor general ever again publicly refusing the advice of a prime minister.

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

June 28, letter in which the Prime Minister announced his resignation.

The Speaker of the House ruled the motion out of order, but, on divisionthe members over-ruled the speaker and the Cabinet was defeated again. The governing party has less than half the seats in parliament. A Progressive MP, W. Afterthe governor general remained an important figure in Canadian governance as a constitutional watchdog, [1] but the role was shorn of its previous imperial duties.

Meighen subsequently requested a dissolution of parliament, which was granted by Byng, and kking-byng election was called. Accessed 31 December Wikisource has original text related to this article: Political Evolution in B.