Parliament

Supreme Court of Canada: Role, History, and Operation

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jul 16, 2008

This educational feature examines the the Supreme Court of Canada, including its place in Canada’s court system, its history, its modern organization and operation, as well as key issues and debates regarding the Court.

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Cartoon: Prime Minister Stephen Harper Prorogues Parliament to Stop Coalition

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper proroguing parliament to stop the coalition for the Liberal Party, Democratic Party, and the Bloc Quebecois.

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(What's so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? Reconciliation and Prorogation

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

The more I think about the prorogation decision, the less comfortable I am with it. Essentially, it can gut the central principle of Canada's system of responsible government: that the government must have the support of a majority of the members of the House of Commons. The Conservatives are pointing out that they passed the last confidence vote, which was on the Throne Speech as justification for this, but that's pretty flimsy. They lost the confidence of the House and they know it. Only messing around with the scheduling in Parliament saved them.

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Considering the Governor General's Decision to Prorogue Parliament

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

Like many Canadians, I was glued to the television to see what the governor general would decide in response to Stephen Harper's request to prorogue Parliament. I have a lot of sympathy for the governor-general: the Prime Minister put in her a very difficult position with this request. I'd also like to give credit to the opposition leaders. Rather than attacking the governor general and needlesly politicizing her decision, they pointed the finger at Stephen Harper. That's where the blame belongs, if there is any.

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Constitutional Refresher Course: What is a Prorogation of Parliament?

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

As I write this, Stephen Harper is currently meeting with Michaelle Jean and is reportedly requesting a prorogation of Parliament. I've been asked a lot what exactly this means and how it relates to the current situation in Ottawa. So, here's a refresher course on prorogation.

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Cartoon: Re-election of the Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House - Will the MPs continue to be Disrespectful?

Find a political cartoon depicting the re-election of the Speaker of the House, Peter Milliken as meaning more of the same disrespectful behavior by party members of the Canadian House of Commons.

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Voting in the 2008 Federal Election in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 8, 2008

Find a quick guide detailing how to vote in the 2008 election in Canada. Topics include, voter eligibility, where to vote, how to get on the voters list, and why its good to vote.

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Speaker of the Senate, Noël A. Kinsella Interview

Interviewed by Greg Farries on Mar 13, 2008

Find an in-depth interview with the Speaker of the Senate, Noël A. Kinsella. The interview focuses on several subjects, including questions relating to the Canadian Senate, and some of the proposals to reform the Senate.

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Interview with Senate Speaker, Noël A. Kinsella, Please Submit Your Questions!

By Greg Farries on Feb 13, 2008

I am scheduled to do an interview with Senator Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Canadian Senate. I'm providing visitors (and forum members) the opportunity to submit potential questions to Senator Kinsella.

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Minority Governments in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

Minority governments, although relatively rare in Canadian parliamentary history, have played important roles in Canadian politics.

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The Prime Minister & Cabinet in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

The Prime Minister and Cabinet sit at the pinnacle of executive political power in Canada. They are responsible for leading the nation and deciding the direction of national public policy. This article provides an introduction to Prime Minister and Cabinet as institutions in the Canadian government.

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The Monarchy in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

Canada has a long monarchical tradition, beginning with the chief leadership of Aboriginal groups, the rule of French monarchs in New France, and British monarchs in Canada. This article presents Canada's monarchal traditions and institutions: it discusses the concept of monarchy, its history in Canada, its relationship with other governmental institutions, the profile of the current monarchy, as well as the debates and issues facing the monarchy in Canada.

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Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process

The Supreme Court of Canada is this country’s highest court, and is the final authority for all legal disputes, settling matters between individuals, o

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The Federal Budget in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || May 1, 2006

The federal government is responsible for managing hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds every year. To effectively manage its money, the federal government, like all Canadians, needs a budget – a financial plan for the future. This article introduces the process and significance of the federal budget. In particular, it examines the nature of the federal budget, the process by which it is made and approved, and its importance to Canada's political and democratic system.

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