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Cartoon: Was Prime Minister Harper too Passive in the Leaders Debate?

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper being too passive during the 2008 federal election in Canada.

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Recent Federal Electoral History in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 8, 2008

Find information on Canadian federal electoral history from 2006-2008, including 2006 general election results, changes in party leadership, and political party standing prior to 2008 general election.

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Cartoon: Flaherty's Comments on Ontario Create a Problem for PM Harper

Find a political cartoon depicting Finance Minister Jim Flaherty causing problems for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ontario.

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Cartoon: Brodie, the Conservatives and the Leaked Obama Memo

Find a political cartoon depicting Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper explaining why the Conservative Government does not speak to the media.

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The Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons: Role, Structure, and Powers

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jan 30, 2008


p>The opposition is an important element of the Canadian parliamentary tradition and the day-to-day operation of government. This article examines the role, structure and powers of the opposition in Canada’s premier national legislature, the House of Commons.

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Cartoon: Brian Mulroney Legacy in Jeopardy?

Find a political cartoon depicting Canadian Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's legacy blowing up in his face.

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Parliamentary Government in Canada: Basic Organization and Practices

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 13, 2007


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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Almanac: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper is Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister. He is also leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and represents the riding of Calgary—Southwest.

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The Prime Minister & Cabinet in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

The Prime Minister and Cabinet sit at the pinnacle of executive political power in Canada. They are responsible for leading the nation and deciding the direction of national public policy. This article provides an introduction to Prime Minister and Cabinet as institutions in the Canadian government.

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Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process

The Supreme Court of Canada is this country’s highest court, and is the final authority for all legal disputes, settling matters between individuals, o

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Legacy of Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

Feature by Greg Farries || Jun 1, 2006

On December 12, 2003, Jean Chrétien officially stepped down as Prime Minister of Canada, after 10 years in the office and more than 40 years of public service.

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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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