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Lecture 20

45-211 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Dominant-Party System, Party System, Alexa Mcdonough

Political Science
Course Code
POLS 2110
Cheryl Collier

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Lecture 20
November 24, 2015
Stalled – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and
Saskatchewan – History
oHistory of progressive social policy – healthcare; human rights
oTwo party systems (NDP and Saskatchewan Party)
oNDP ‘natural governing party’ – not in power now
oLess urbanized than other provinces
For Saskatchewan Women?
oChanges in government have generally given a bump to
women’s representation (tidal sweeps)
oAlso contagion from the left like BC
oNot completely ignoring women unlike conservative forces
oThese sweeps have explained some increase of women in the
oBut women only 22% of legislature since 1995 – stuck
oNot at the 30% where we usually identify that critical mass
oSaskatchewan is one of the provinces that is waiting for a
provincial election
oBerdahl: low supply of female candidates; lack of aggressive
political party recruitment tactics; no external pressures (weak
women’s movement)
The East Coast
oCommon Threads:
oSome of the lowest representations for women:
New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are
the lowest representation for women
oTwo party non-polarized systems (all of them) (nova scotia
is a 2 party plus system)
Progressive Conservatives and Liberals not NDP
oNo “contagion from the left
New Brunswick – History/ Pol Culture
oOnly bilingual province in Canada
oPolitical culture split (N/S) on linguistic lines
oReligious protections/education/traditions
oHave not province (some have money, some do not)
oRural/urban split
oWorking class/small ‘c’ conservatism
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