Democracy is often thought of as the best and the most appropriate form of government for the modern, complex societies (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 6), and the majority of the governments either practice this form or strive to develop it. …
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Canada is a democratic country, practicing what is known as the liberal form of democracy (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 8). This paper purports to discuss and analyze the different types of democratic governments in relation to the Canadian political system, highlighting some of the pros and cons of the practiced form. As already mentioned, the Canadian government is liberal in nature. Liberal democracy essentially imparts greater freedom to the public than is offered by the simple definition of democracy which merely empowers the general public to choose their political representatives through voting and elections (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 8). Liberal democracy ensures greater empowerment through three stipulations: the government works within a legally defined parameter and is checked by rules and laws, written in the form of a constitution; the public has freedom to gather and express political views through a free media and open access to information; and the political representatives compete in a fair election where the public is free to choose amongst them through open voting (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 8). A democratic government, be it liberal or otherwise, can be of one of two basic forms: direct and representative or indirect. The direct form of democratic government is essentially what was practiced in the Greek politics, where the general public is literally given the power to choose and plan every law and policy that the government proposes and wishes to implement (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). These policies and laws are voted upon by the public, so that the voting system is not restricted merely to the election of the representatives (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). However, this system is not appropriate and practical for the modern day complex societies (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). Therefore, an indirect method of democracy is practiced whereby the public chooses their representatives who then make the appropriate laws and policies without public intervention (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). The government, in this case, is authorized to implement policies even by force, that is, through the use of the police and military, and other government agencies (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). The public chooses the representatives that it considers to best serve their interests (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). The parties prepare an agenda beforehand on the basis of which they fight the elections. This agenda is often the only way of predicting the party’s course of action once it is in authority (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). In turn, the government, at least that of Canada, is expected to be responsible, that is, it is answerable to the public, and has duties in the social and economic fields that it needs to fulfill to make the state a welfare state (Mintz, Tossutti, and Dunn 7). The representative form of democracy is
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Aboriginal peoples, defined in Canada as Indians (or “first nations”), Metis and Inuit, total more than 1,170,000 people, comprising nearly four percent of the country’s total population (Statistics Canada, 2008). Many of the tribes and social groups that are defined by these three core ethnic categories continue to speak their own native languages and practice ancient traditions, thereby maintaining a strong sense of identity within Canada’s ethnic composite.
Canada benefits greatly from trade deals signed in the past though the same may have some effects on economy such as in the case of the recession. Among these, important trade agreements signed in the past include: the Free trade agreement signed with the USA back in 1989 and the NAFTA agreement also signed with the USA in 1994.
Indeed since the 1970s there has been a great deal of controversial debate in Canadian politics concerning the future of the province of Quebec and the civil and property rights of aboriginal people in particular.2
Successive Canadian governments have continuously strive to find ways of keeping Quebec within the federation as well as redress the civil rights grievances of the Canadian aboriginal peoples without alienating the rest of the country.3 Frequently it seemed that such a task amounted to been a mission impossible for the Canadian political parties to achieve when they were in governmental office.4
Before the sixties, Canadian historians used to concentrate on economic history of Canada because it had political stability as compared to other countries. From the sixties till present day, there have been significant events in the Canadian economic history.
Moreover, people tried to eliminate "Family compact"-a small clique of wealthy citizens who controlled much of the colony's political and economic life(Malcomson and Myers 2005)- these 'Tories' protected themselves in the political system and business in order to preserve their dominance and status.
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Prospects of globalisation around the world have seen the rising of many low-income nations
The author has supported the argument using evidence of various companies that have been prevented from investing in Canada. Moreover, the author argues that Prime Minister Visit to china to encourage investors from
In 1927, five famous women from the Alberta region signed up a petition bringing together the Prime Minister as well as the Federal Department of Justice leading to a ruling that declared women as persons eligible to sit and make