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Considering Canada‟s Political Future

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Political Studies
POLS 205
Loleen Berdahl

POLS 205 2011-04-05 Considering Canada‟s Political Future - Why are politics in Canada so regionalized? o People in Canada generally won‟t care about what happens in another region of their country. - What, if anything, could be done to make Canadian politics less regionalized? What are the barriers to such changes? - How does regionalism shape Canadian politics? Multiple Causal Factors - Institutions o Intrastate federalism  Institutions matter  Starts in House of Commons  MPs generally vote along party lines  Number of MPs for each province/territory is different.  Helps promote regionalism, as they are only worried about their only province o Electoral system  Block voting seems to occur o Policy choices  Department of Regional Economic Expansion was created by Trudeau in „69  Was dismantled in the 80s  Western Economic Diversification was created
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