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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA
APRIL 2013 FINAL EXAMINATION
Canadian Government and Politics
Duration - 2 hours
The University of Toronto Mississauga and you, as a student, share a commitment to
academic integrity. You are reminded that you may be charged with an academic
offence for possessing any unauthorized aids during the writing of an exam, including
but not limited to any electronic devices with storage, such as cell phones, pagers,
personal digital assistants (PDAs), iPods, and MP3 players. Unauthorized
calculators and notes are also not permitted. Do not have any of these items in your
possession in the area of your desk. Please turn the electronics off and put all
unauthorized aids with your belongings at the front of the room before the
examination begins. If any of these items are kept with you during the writing of your
exam, you may be charged with an academic offence. A typical penalty may cause
you to fail the course.
Please note, you CANNOT petition to re-write an examination once the exam has
PART A (50 marks):
Answer any five (5) questions in Part A. All questions in this Part are of equal value. Clearly
indicate which questions you are answering. Questions are to be answered in complete
sentences. If I cannot read your handwriting your mark will suffer.
1) Who does a weak cabinet minister have to fear more: the opposition in the House of
Commons, or the Prime Minister? Give reasons for your answer.
2) Why is a Member of Parliament (MP) who is determined to follow the constituency role of the
MP in the parliamentary system, likely to get into trouble with his/her party leader?
3) Why is Ontario so important in deciding the outcome of federal elections?
4) Currently, Senators serve until t