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Evolution of Canadian Government

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Victoria Wohl

Canadian Politics - Week 2: September 21 , 2010 Turnitin Course ID: 2502532 Password: Canada Items of Interest in Canadian Politics - Parliament resumed - Vote on long gun registry tomorrow o If tie in vote, Speaker can vote to keep bill alive - Arrival of immigrants in the country o Boats carrying Sri Lankan refugees - Redistribution of the House of Commons o Adding seats to Ontario, Alberta, BC, not Quebec Good Test Questions - What is a constitution? - What are the three pillars of the constitution? o Responsible Government 1848 o Federalism 1867 o Charter of Rights 1982 - JZ]ZZ]L L ^ _LZKooZ [ }LZ]]}LM Evolution 1. Parliamentary Supremacy 2. Bifurcated Parliamentary Supremacy o Canada no longer united kingdom but divided kingdom, one level of government could sue the other level of government, lieutenant governors and governor general 3. Constitutional Supremacy o Post-Charter of Rights, 1982 o Charter limits parliamentary supremacy but does not eclipse it E.g. If Parliament wanted to remove cameras in House of Commons, could do so, media could not go to courts to argue against it N Parliament can do anything they want in parliament o Does not mean federal principle is gone, but qualifies it Property and civil rights are provincial, but Charter can trump that
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