Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

by Lori Lori Turnbull, Mark D. Jarvis, Peter Aucoin

Emond Montgomery | June 30, 2011 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Canada 's time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. Our constitution no longer provides effective checks on a prime minister's power to call elections or shut down Parliament in order to evade votes of confidence or sidestep public accountability. The result: the founding principle of responsible government has now degenerated into whatever the prime minister decides it is. This timely book examines recent history and ongoing controversies, and presents a thoughtful proposal to democratize the constitution in order to restore power to where it belongs—with the people's elected representatives in Parliament. The authors give special attention to explaining the institutions and concepts involved, as well as the fascinating history that has led to present day conflicts over our constitutional state of affairs. Its offering of proposals to address the problems it outlines will also make it a must-read for political observers and interested citizens across the country.   "Can there be a timelier book?" —Andrew Coyne

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 220 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.57 in

Published: June 30, 2011

Publisher: Emond Montgomery

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552394638

ISBN - 13: 9781552394632

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

by Lori Lori Turnbull, Mark D. Jarvis, Peter Aucoin

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 220 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.57 in

Published: June 30, 2011

Publisher: Emond Montgomery

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552394638

ISBN - 13: 9781552394632

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Canada 's time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. Our constitution no longer provides effective checks on a prime minister's power to call elections or shut down Parliament in order to evade votes of confidence or sidestep public accountability. The result: the founding principle of responsible government has now degenerated into whatever the prime minister decides it is. This timely book examines recent history and ongoing controversies, and presents a thoughtful proposal to democratize the constitution in order to restore power to where it belongs—with the people's elected representatives in Parliament. The authors give special attention to explaining the institutions and concepts involved, as well as the fascinating history that has led to present day conflicts over our constitutional state of affairs. Its offering of proposals to address the problems it outlines will also make it a must-read for political observers and interested citizens across the country.   "Can there be a timelier book?" —Andrew Coyne

About the Author

Peter Aucoin is a professor emeritus of political science and public administration at Dalhousie University and a senior academic fellow at the Canada School of Public Service with Government of Canada. Among his many other honours, he is also a Member of the Order of Canada . Mark D. Jarvis is a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria . Lori Turnbull is an assistant professor and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University .
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