September 20, 2012
There are seven distinct areas meant to explain the persistence of regionalism in Canada:
1. The (class) nature of Saskatchewan.
2. The impact of staple commodities (natural resources) and provincial ownership.
3. External influences (U.S.).
4. Uneven development.
5. Agrarian (Western) protest – Western alienation.
6. Quebec national (class base?)
7. Federal, as opposed to a unitary, state.
Constitution and Political Power
- Constitution Act, 1867: The Basic Machinery of Government
o Powers of the Crown
o The Crown and the PM
o The Crown and the Legislature
Executive and Legislative Power
- Federalism and Judicial Power
o Federalism and the Division of Powers
o The Courts and Judicial Power
- The Crown
o S. 10 o the BNA Act: carrying on the government of the Queen.
Role of Queen is largely symbolic.
o The Role of the Queen is purely ceremonial and symbolic.
o Governor General stands in place of the Queen.
He/she can be appointed for about 5 years, and can be extended.
In the event of premature removal from office, the Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court acts as the administrator until a new Governor General
- Powers of the Crown:
- Impressive List: Are those powers exhaustive?
Courts hold that statutes replace prerogative powers.
Majority of powers