Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. The King-Byng Affair was a Canadian constitutional crisis pitting the powers of a prime minister against the powers of a governor general. Byng refused. It ended with King winning an eventual election, and no governor general ever again publicly refusing the advice of a prime minister. The affair began with the 29 October federal election which returned Liberals , Conservatives and 28 Progressives , Labour and Independents to Parliament.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King — prime minister of Canada. Arthur Meighen — prime minister of Canada. In the election of the Liberals under Mackenzie King won fewer seats than the Conservatives.

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King−Byng affair

The affair took place in Constitutionally, when a Canadian prime minister wants to dissolve parliament, he needs to get the permission of the Governor General, who is in turn Become a Study. Try it risk-free for 30 days. Log in. Sign Up.


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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player. 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. During the twenties he was sent over by Britain to be the Governor General: the representative of the monarch crown , appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister for a term of five years. Governor General of Canada. When scandal and a vote of non-confidence threatened King's minority government: The governing party has less than half the seats in parliament. If the opposition parties voted together, they could defeat the government.

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