Constitutional Conventions

… a core term in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100


Malcolmson and Myers (reference below) define constitutional conventions as constitutional rules based on implicit political agreement and enforced in the political arena rather than by the courts.

They note that a convention is thus similar to a custom. Constitutional conventions are one of three forms taken by a constitution; the other two being organic statutes and constitutional laws.

For a discussion of some of the ambiguities in Canada’s constitutional conventions, see Aucoin, Jarvis, and Turnbull’s Reforms.

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Constitutional Framework (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.


Patrick Malcolmson and Richard Myers (2012), “The Constitution,” in The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada, 5th ed., page 17, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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