The Notwithstanding Clause: Section 33 of the Charter

Section 33 of the Charter, commonly referred to as the Notwithstanding or Override clause, has an important place in Canada's constitutional development, as well as the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government. This article provides an introduction to the nature, operation, and history of the Notwithstanding clause.

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2006 Nova Scotia General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || May 1, 2006

In June 2006, Nova Scotia voters re-elected the provincial Progressive Conservative Party, and Premier Rodney MacDonald to another minority government.

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The Federal Budget in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || May 1, 2006

The federal government is responsible for managing hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds every year. To effectively manage its money, the federal government, like all Canadians, needs a budget – a financial plan for the future. This article introduces the process and significance of the federal budget. In particular, it examines the nature of the federal budget, the process by which it is made and approved, and its importance to Canada's political and democratic system.

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Office of the Governor General of Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jan 1, 2006

The Office of Governor General is one of the least discussed political institutions in Canadian politics, yet represents one of the most historical and symbolic offices in the nation’s system of government. In recent years, the Office of Governor General has been the focus of some debate in Canada, with some questioning its overall relevance, while others have taken issue with the costs of running the Office, and spending by the Governor General.

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Crown Corporations in Canada

Feature by Denise Brennan || Jan 1, 2006

Crown Corporations are an integral part of Canada’s social, political, and economic landscape. The purpose of this article is to provide a general introduction to the nature of Crown Corporations in Canada. In so doing, this feature examines the history of Crown Corporations, their role in Canadian society, how they operate, and key issues relating to them.

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Gomery Commission of Inquiry & Sponsorship Scandal

In February 2006, the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (better known as the Gomery Commission) released the second of two reports.

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

On July 2, 2003, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announced that Vancouver would host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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The Canadian Maple Leaf Flag

On February 15th, 1965, the modern Canadian flag, bearing its hallmark maple leaf, was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill.

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