POLB50Y3 Lecture : Sovereignty

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Founding myths and confederation: compact between english and french (two nations theory) o o. Those who believe in this support an asymmetrical federalism. Bi-national view: compact between aboriginals, english, french (three-nations theory) Tri-national view believe that aboriginals should have more of a o presence in politics: compact between provinces (equal provinces theory) o. Opposes asymmetrical federalism; wants equal power amongst the provinces. Confederation: borders of canada in 1867 are much smaller, most provinces didn"t join during 1867; bc 1871; pei 1873; ma. Problems: 1867: planned to have a sea-to-sea country (rupert"s land, needed a system of government to allow them to integrate new territories into the country, unique histories/populations made convergence difficult o. Qb and atlantic canada didn"t want to be dominated by ontario; Acted as a counter-weight to cause both of them to decide to join confederation. Models of government: unitary system (british) o o o o o o. In this system, regional governments are mostly for administration.

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