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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Article published July 30, ; last modified January 27, Accessed 31 December A Progressive MP, W. Forsey, The Canadian Encyclopedias.

King and the Liberals argued he was wrong: The King-Byng Affair was a Canadian constitutional crisis pitting the powers of a prime minister kingg-byng the powers of a governor general. The whole messy affair was beneficial in the long run, though. Retrieved from ” https: Meighen thus formed a new Cabinet.

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

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat Many of these main events are introduced by an audiovisual overview, enlivened by narration, sound effects and music. University of Toronto Press.

You can make Grover swear, or not, depending on which sentence you’re thinking about at the time. On 30 October, King visited Byng after consulting with the rest of Cabinet and informed the Governor General that his government would continue until parliament decided otherwise. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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.

Upon returning to power, King’s government sought at an imperial conference to redefine the role of the governor general as a personal representative of the sovereign in his Canadian council and not of the British government the king in his British council.


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Article by Eugene A. At that sffair, convention dictated that the ministers of the Crown drawn from the House of Commons were obliged upon appointment to resign their seats in parliament and run kinv-byng re-election. He also sparked one of Canada’s greatest constitutional crises. 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 seat formally until February thanks to Charles McDonald did not resign and remained in office as head of a minority government.

Views Read Edit View history. He would go on to win three more elections afterward and lost one in The Progressive Party’s support was temporarily retained by the formation of a special committee to investigate the corruption in the customs department. June 29, June 28, letter in which the Prime Minister announced his resignation.

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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. 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 It ended with King winning an eventual election, and no governor general ever again publicly refusing the advice of a prime minister.

Political Evolution in B. Afterthe governor general remained an important figure in Canadian governance as a constitutional watchdog, [1] but the affaif was shorn of its previous imperial duties. 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.


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. Mackenzie King framed the campaign around the issue of a governor general who at this time was still a British citizen doing the bidding of London and interfering in how Canadian politicians run the country.

Arthur Meighen and his Conservatives formed a minority government. It clarified the powers of Dominion parliaments and granted the Dominions full legal freedom except in those areas where they chose to remain subordinate. I forgot my password.

Byng then invited Conservative leader Arthur Meighen to form a government. James Douglas Gold Rush Fever Instead, Iing-byng asked for a prorogation, and Jean agreed to the request.

The King—Byng affair was a Canadian constitutional crisis that occurred inwhen the Governor General of Canadathe Lord Byng of Vimyrefused a request by his prime ministerWilliam Lyon Mackenzie Kingto dissolve parliament and call a general election. Filed under News Canada. According to constitutional convention in the British Empirethe governor general once represented both the sovereign in his imperial council and in his Canadian councilbut the convention had evolved with Byng’s predecessors, the Canadian government, and the Canadian people into a tradition of non-interference in Canadian political affairs on the part of the British government.

King resigned over the issue, and Byng called on the opposition leader, Arthur Meighan, to form a government. During the election campaign, King focussed on this constitutional issue, managing successfully to divert public attention from the Customs Scandal that originally gave rise to the problem and was a blot on his government’s reputation.