Debates about Parliament's role in deciding military deployments are clouded by misunderstandings of the relative legal authorities of the executive and the legislature, and the mixture of political objectives and democratic obligation that inform these discussions. Much has been written about the legal aspects of this question. This article considers instead the issues of politics and principle, which we argue are consistently interwoven: while governments have elevated Parliament's role in military deployments for political purposes, the choice to involve the legislature also reflects the idea that it is the "right thing to do" in a democracy.

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Keywords Canada, defence, legislature, Parliament, war
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020702016638679
Journal International Journal
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Hillmer, N, & Lagassé, P. (2016). Parliament will decide: An interplay of politics and principle. International Journal (Vol. 71, pp. 328–337). doi:10.1177/0020702016638679