Parliamentary democracy in crisis /
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- Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2009.
Osgoode Hall Law School Library
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The legislative process in Canada : the need for reform : proceedings of a conference held at the University of Victoria and sponsored by the Institute for Research on Public Policy and the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, March 31-April 1, 1978 / [National Conference on the Legislative Process] ; edited by William A.W. Neilson and James C. MacPherson. --
JL 136 N37 1978
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- Parliamentary democracy in crisis / edited by Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin.
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Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2009
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Osgoode faculty contributors: Professor Brian Slattery; Dean Lorne Sossin
"In November 2008, as the economic decline was being fully realized, Canada's newly-elected minority government, led by Conservative Stephen Harper, presented a highly divisive fiscal update in advance of a proposed budget. Unable to support the motion, the Liberal and New Democratic Parties, with the backing of the Bloc Québécois, formed a coalition in order to seek a no-confidence vote and to form a new government. In response, Conservative cabinet ministers launched a media blitz, informing Canadians that the opposition was mounting a "coup d état." Ultimately Governor General Michaëlle Jean allowed parliament to be prorogued, the coalition fell apart, and a budget was accepted by the House in January 2009. However, widespread public uncertainty and confusion about the principles of government evident during the crisis revealed a grave lack of understanding about the mechanics and legalities of parliamentary democracy on the part of Canadians.With a foreword by the former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis brings together journalists, political scientists, and leading constitutional experts to analyze the crisis and to discuss the nature of Canada's democracy. The contributors bring perspectives from both French and English Canada and cover all aspects of the crisis, including the prorogation of Parliament, the role of the Governor General, the proposed Liberal-NDP coalition, the challenges of minority parliaments, and the now-evident rifts in the culture of Canadian democracy."--Publisher's description
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On cover: Foreword by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.
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xviii, 201 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9781442640764 (bound)1442640766 (bound)9781442610149 (pbk.)144261014X (pbk.)
Table of Contents
- Foreword / The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
- Introduction / Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin
- Part One: The Events and Their Background. The "Crisis": A Narrative / Michael Valpy
- A Crisis Not Made in a Day / Gary Levy
- Part Two: The Governor General's Decision to Prorogue. To Prorogue or Not to Prorogue: Did the Governor General Make the Right Decision? / C.E.S. (Ned) Franks
- The Governor General's Suspension of Parliament: Duty Done or a Perilous Precedent? / Andrew Heard
- 5. Prime Minister Harper's Parliamentary "Time Out": A Constitutional Revolution in the Making? / Lorraine E. Weinrib
- Part Three: Constitutional Conventions. Why the Governor General Matters / Brian Slattery
- When Silence Isn't Golden: Constitutional Conventions, Constitutional Culture, and the Governer General / Lorne Sossin and Adam Dodek
- Of Representation, Democracy, and Legal Principles: Thinking about the Impensé / Jean Leclair and Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens
- Part Four: Coalitions and Parliamentary Government. Coalition Government: When It Happens, How It Works / Lawrence Leduc
- Learning to Live with Minority Parliaments / Peter H. Russell
- The Coalition That Wasn't: A Lost Reform Opportunity / Graham White
- Part Five: Tensions in Canada's Democratic Culture. Western Canada and the "Illegitimacy" of the Liberal-NDP Coalition Government / Grace Skogstad
- Parliamentary Democracy versus Faux Populist Democracy / Jennifer Smith
- Ultimately, the System Worked / David R. Cameron.