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The Canadian Political Environment
This paper is an extensive overview of the historical and current Canadian political environment.
# 101238 | 3,250 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 21, 2008 in Canadian Studies (Government and Government Policy)

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This paper explains that the attitude of Canadian public, which expects its government to solve its problems, grew out of the need to re-integrate soldiers after WWI and to deal with the ills of the Great Depression. The author points out that this attitude resulted in the state now having an enormous involvement in matters such as health care, unemployment insurance and social welfare benefits. The paper relates that the history of Canada since 1867 has been a process of steadily securing more and more sovereignty and power; however, new forces, chiefly globalization, are now at work and raise the specter that Canada could see its domestic writ subordinated to the writ of trade agreements, such as NAFTA. The author reports that land and governance issues appear to be the paramount concerns of the Canadian aboriginal people.

Table of Content
Changes in State since its Founding
Relationship between State and Society
Citizens' Trust in Government
Challenges to Canada's Sovereignty
Democratic Deficit
The Traditional Canada Political Culture
Traditional Functions of Canadian Political Parties
The Power of the Prime Minister
Canadian Elections
Canada's Constitution
The Parliament
Public Opinion Polling and the Media
The Role of Regionalism
Quebec and Federal-Provincial Relations
Canada's Aboriginal People
The Diminishment of the Welfare State
Influence of Big Business on Politics

From the Paper:

"Most evidently, Quebec changed federal-provincial relations in the 1960s when it began to opt out of the conditions attached to federal grants, established its own pension plan, and argued for a larger voice for itself internationally. In that regard, the decision to give Quebec control over social programs has understandably made it easier for other provinces to demand the same thing. ... it is clear that other provinces are sufficiently compelled to argue for rights of their own, too. So, basically, the Canadian response to Quebec nationalism or to the new Francophone "consciousness" of the 1960s has been to give Quebec exceptional status and powers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dyck, Rand. Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 4th Edition. Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 2004.

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