Ronald Ian Cheffins

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The Honourable

Ronald Cheffins
Ronald Ian Cheffins

Occupationlawyer, judge, law/political science professor
Known forBeing a Canadian Constitutional expert and the first lawyer appointed directly to the British Columbia court of appeal (1985)

The Honourable[2] Ronald Ian Cheffins (born in 1930;[3] PhD; retired) is a professor emeritus of political science and law and the University of Victoria.[4][5][6] He was the first lawyer to be appointed directly to the British Columbia court of appeal in 1985.[7] He held the seat until resigning 2 years later in 1987 to return to legal and scholarly practice after finding judicial work too "uncongenial".[8][9] In 1991 he served as the Vice-Chair[10] on the Law Reform Commission of British Columbia.[8][11][12] He is an expert on the Canadian Constitution[2][13] and has advised five past lieutenant-governors.[14][15][16] He is a weekly Friday guest on CFAX 1070's Adam Stirling show, where he discusses both local and world politics.[17][18]

20th century[edit]

In 1953, Cheffins was appointed as a Special Commissioner for taking Affidavits within the province of British Columbia by Lieutenant-Governor Clarence Wallace.[19] In 1955, Cheffins graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Laws,[20][21] before continuing his studies at the university.[22]


Cheffins authored The Royal Prerogative and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in 2000,[23] a paper which has been used as a reference in multiple additional papers and books.[24][25]

Further reading[edit]

The Supreme Court of Canada: The Quiet Court in an Unquiet Country


  1. ^ "Ron Cheffins - UVic Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science" Adam Stirling. Bell Media. CFAX 1070, 2018 October 5. Radio. 9am-12pm
  2. ^ a b Relations, Queen's University (Kingston, Ont ) Institute of Intergovernmental (2002). Federalism, Democracy and Disability Policy in Canada. IIGR, Queen's University. ISBN 9780889118553.
  3. ^ "Cheffins, Ronald Ian, 1930- - RBCM Archives". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. ^ "BC Green Party eyes long-term deal in pursuit of electoral reform". The Globe and Mail. 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  5. ^ "Ronald Cheffins interview - RBCM Archives". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. ^ "[CHEK-TV news film -- political people, reel 1] - RBCM Archives". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  7. ^ Macfarlane, Emmett (2013). Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role. UBC Press. ISBN 9780774823500.
  8. ^ a b Moore, Christopher (2010-03-15). The British Columbia Court of Appeal: The First Hundred Years. UBC Press. ISBN 9780774859271.
  9. ^ "UBC Faculty of Law - The British Columbia Court of Appeal celebrates its centenary in 2010". 2011-07-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2018-02-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Interim report on enforcing judgements from outside the province" (PDF). British Columbia Law Institute. March 1991.
  11. ^ "Ronald I. Cheffins". Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  12. ^ "Ontario needs courage from Lt.-Gov. Dowdeswell". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  13. ^ "Volume Information". Canadian Journal of Political Science. 9 (1): i–x. 1976. doi:10.2307/3230866. JSTOR 3230866.
  14. ^ "Lieutenant-Governor could force new election if Clark loses confidence motion". The Globe and Mail. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  15. ^ Reynolds, Christopher (2015-02-27). In the Shadow of the Crown: Some Men Look At Constitutions…. ISBN 9781483427058.
  16. ^ "Lieutenant-Governor's decision carried the weight of constitutional convention". The Globe and Mail. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  17. ^ MacPherson, Ian (June 2012). Reaching Outward and Upward: The University of Victoria, 1963-2013. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773540323.
  18. ^ "Ron Cheffins, Political Science & Law - University of Victoria". Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  19. ^ "Order in Council No. 2148". British Columbia Laws Publication. September 17, 1953.
  20. ^ "The Ubyssey. Class of 1955" (PDF). University of British Columbia. May 16, 1955.
  21. ^ "Twenty-Ninth Autumn Congregation for the Conferring of Degrees" (PDF). University of British Columbia. October 28, 1955.
  22. ^ "Thirtieth Autumn Congregation for the conferring of Degrees" (PDF). University of British Columbia. October 26, 1956.
  23. ^ Cheffins, Ronald (Spring 2000). "The Royal Prerogative and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor" (PDF). Canadian Parliamentary Review.
  24. ^ Jackson, D. Michael (2013-08-31). The Crown and Canadian Federalism. Dundurn. ISBN 9781459709898.
  25. ^ Macfarlane, Emmett (2016). Constitutional Amendment in Canada. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442628731.