POLS 205 Lecture Notes - Big Country, Western Economic Diversification Canada
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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
o Geography/political economy
Big country with low populous density
More population means more representation in the House of Commons
Feds may pay more attention to the larger provinces
Bigger population means bigger tax base
o Can regionalism be “fixed?‟
What can be done to make Canadian politics less regionalized?
National policy initiatives can be created in an attempt
o With more and more immigration, national identity is an
issue. We need to work
What are the barriers to these changes?