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University of Toronto Mississauga
Political Science
Peter Loewen

Thursday March2912 POL111 Lecture 11 Canada in a Comparative Perspective 3hrs long exam It is 40 MC and 7 short answer which you answer 5it covers everything in the coursethere is substantial material from the second half after the midterm there are 15 short answer questions as given by the professor on his handout and 7 of them appear on the exam and you answer 5 7 Most Democratic Provinceo PACLdo elections happen are they contested such that we dont know exactly who wins you respect the results of elections and change in power happens peacefully o Every province is democratic free and fair elections lots of transitions from power from one party to another and they are peaceful so if we use PACL they would all be democratic o If we use Freedom House we might get a different result in terms of extent of civilpolitical rights inclusion of women etco PACL could get to the essence and core of democracy so it could be that all of them are equally democraticthere are different approaches to answering the questiono State what your answer is explain it and repeat it at the end Question 8o The PM might be becoming more powerful but in terms of who the PM is responsible to the electoral system and constitutional limits prevents him even if he is becoming powerful think of all the changes we have to go through to transition to a presidential system which is long and difficult Question 6 o For a coalition government to form you need a minority governmento Majority is more common in Canada what is about our elections that causes us to have large majorities for one party in the house of commons the answer is that our electoral system is FTPSMP you get the most votes and you get the seats it produces majorities because a party could keep a party could keep winning seats by small amounts but they could win a majority in the whole country1
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