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
- 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
o Intrastate federalism
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
o Electoral system
Block voting seems to occur
o Policy choices
Department of Regional Economic Expansion was created by Trudeau in
Was dismantled in the 80s
Western Economic Diversification was created