POL382 APRIL 4.doc

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25 Apr 2012
School
Course
Professor
Renewing Canadian Democracy: A Reform Agenda
April 4 2012
Exam
-2 essay questions
-Essay guide posted on campus
Whats Wrong With Our Democracy
-Voters are turning off: 4 in 10 don’t vote
-The PM has too much power
-More power than in any other parliamentary system
-In australia, the PM just had to face a challenge from her caucus. This is much
less likely to happen in CDA.
-Parliament has too little
-Whips have too much control. Parliamentary committees can’t do their jobs.
-Parties no longer recruit the best
-Unelected judges have too much power (?)
-Substantial branch of criticism from our democracy (mostly coming from the
Right) that judges have too much power
Whats Wrong With Our Institutions
-federalism prevents us working together
-Aboriginal self government is failing
-FPTP voting is unfair
-The senate isn’t elected
-The media are trivializing democracy
We Have Problems
-Aboriginal CDNs are being left behind
-Pollution and climate change are getting worse
-Inequality is getting worse
-More unequal country than we were in 1950s and 1960s
-Can we have a functioning democracy if the top 5% earn so much more than so
much canadians
-Resource revenue gains mask productivity losses
-We are less and less reducing man hour
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