Canada’s Electoral System: Introduction to Federal and Provincial Elections

Feature by Brian Doody || Dec 3, 2007

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p>While the origins of some elements of Canada’s electoral system can be traced back to medieval England, others have been added more recently and reflect changes in the way that election campaigns have evolved, as well as an ongoing concern that elections be kept free and fair.

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Local Government in Canada: Organization & Basic Institutions

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Nov 29, 2007

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p>Local government plays a significant role in the everyday lives of Canadians. This feature provides an introduction to the organization and institutions of local government. In particular, it offers a general discussion of what local governments are and their relationship to other levels of government in Canada.

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2007 Saskatchewan General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 24, 2007

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p>On November 7, 2007, Saskatchewan voters elected the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government, with Brad Wall becoming the new provincial Premier. The election of the Saskatchewan Party ended 16 years of rule by the provincial New Democratic Party (first under Premier Roy Romanow, and then under Premier Lorne Calvert).

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Parliamentary Government in Canada: Basic Organization and Practices

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 13, 2007

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p>Canada’s parliamentary system is a central component to its government. This system frames the relationship between Canadians and their political leaders, the manner in which laws are passed, and the organization and authority of key government positions and institutions.

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2007 Newfoundland and Labrador General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2007

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p>On October 9, 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador voters returned the provincial Progressive Conservative Party and Danny Williams to government. The election was a landslide victory for the PC Party, which won 43 of 46 seats in the provincial legislature and 69 percent of the popular vote.

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2007 Ontario General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 19, 2007
2007 Ontario General Election

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p>On October 10, 2007, Ontario voters returned Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party to government. McGuinty and the Liberals won a strong majority government, taking 71 of the 107 seats in the provincial legislature, as well as 42 percent of the popular vote.

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Child Care in Canada: An Introduction

Child care is a significant issue in the context of Canadian public policy and the relationship between federal, provincial, and territorial governments. This article provides an introduction to the complex nature of child care policy, including the operation of child care vis-à-vis Canadian federalism, an overview of provincial/territorial child care policies, a historical review of federal and intergovernmental child care initiatives, and a brief discussion of key issues in the politics of child care.

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Meech Lake Accord: History & Overview

Feature by Rhonda Parkinson || Sep 14, 2007

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p>The Meech Lake Accord is a set of failed constitutional amendments, proposed in the late-1980s. One of the key objectives of the Meech Lake Accord was to gain Quebec’s explicit acceptance of the Constitution Act, 1982. It was the first attempt to amend the Constitution under the new rules for constitutional change set out in the Constitution Act, 1982. The purpose of this article is to provide a general introduction to the Meech Lake Accord, including the substance of the agreement and an overview of why it failed to be ratified.

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