Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues

Paperback | October 15, 2008

byMark Charlton, Paul Barker

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Contemporary Political Issues is a topical collection of provocative essays and readings designed to stimulate discussion while teaching the real-world and relevant issues in Canadian politics. Each of the fifteen issues contained in Crosscurrents is explored by two leading authorities, one taking a side in support of the issue, the other opposing it. With candour and enthusiasm, lines are drawn in the sand, and while the issues ultimately remain unsettled - as most great debates do - the reader is left with a much greater understanding of, and a tolerance for, the views of others.

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Contemporary Political Issues is a topical collection of provocative essays and readings designed to stimulate discussion while teaching the real-world and relevant issues in Canadian politics. Each of the fifteen issues contained in Crosscurrents is explored by two leading authorities, one taking a side in support of the issue, the ot...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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Part One: Canadian Society and Political Culture1: Is the Canadian political culture becoming Americanized? YES: Paul Nesbitt-Larking, "Canadian Political Culture: The Problem of Americanization" NO:Michael Adams, "Canada and the United States: Separated at Birth"2: Can Native sovereignty coexist with Canadian sovereignty? YES:Roger Townshend, "The Case for Native Sovereignty" NO:Thomas Flanagan, "Native Sovereignty: Does Anyone Really Want an Aboriginal Archipelago?" 3: Will conservatism and the Conservative Party fail? YES:Nelson Wiseman, "Going Nowhere: Conservatism and the Conservative Party" NO:Faron Ellis, "Twenty-First Century Conservatives Can Succeed" Part Two: The Constitution and Federalism4: Is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms antidemocratic? YES:Robert Martin, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is Antidemocratic and Un-Canadian" NO:Philip L. Bryden, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is Antidemocratic and Un-Canadian: An Opposing Point of View" 5: Should the federal government play a leading role in health care? YES:Andrew Heard and Daniel Cohn, "The Federal Government Should Stay Involved: The Case for a Strong Federal Role in Health Care" NO:Paul Barker, "The Case Against a Strong Federal Role in Health Care" 6: Is the Recognition of Quebec as a Distinct Nation a Positive Step for Canada?YES:Michel Seymour, "Quebec and Canada at the Crossroads: A Nation with a Nation" NO:Michael Chong, Title TBAPart Three: Political Institutions and Processes7: Is the prime minister too powerful? YES:Hugh Mellon, "Coming to Terms with Political Realities: Exploring the Breadth of Prime Ministerial Power"NO:Paul Barker, "Limits on the Power of the Prime Minister" 8: Should Parliament review Supreme Court appointments?YES:Peter W. Hogg, "Appointment of Justice Marshall Rothstein to the Supreme Court of Canada"NO:H. Patrick Glenn, "Constitutional Law, Politics and Supreme Court of Canada Appointments"9: Should party discipline be relaxed? YES:David Kilgour, "Discipline versus Democracy: Party Discipline in Canadian Politics" NO:Robert J. Jackson, "The Imperative of Party Discipline in the Canadian Political System"10: Is a Mixed-Member Proportional electoral system in Canadas interest? YES:John L. Hiemstra and Harold J. Jansen, "Getting What You Vote For" NO:Nelson Wiseman, "Not Knowing What Youll Get"11: Should women focus on small-p politics?YES:Jacquetta Newman, "Small-p Politics: Women Working Outside Formal Political Structures"NO:Jacquetta Newman, "Say it Five Times Fast: The Pitfalls of Small-p Politics and a Plea for Large-P Politics"Part Four: Political Issues12: Are prohibitions on private health care inconsistent with the Charter of Rights?YES:Justices McLachlin & Major, "Opinion in Chaoulli v. Quebec"NO:Justices Binnie & LeBel, "Opinion in Chaoulli v. Quebec"13: Should religious beliefs be excluded from consideration of public policy?YES:Justice Mary Saunders, "Opinion in Chamberlain v. Surrey School District #36"NO:John Von Heyking, "Against the Edwardians: Why Religion Has a Place in Public Debate"14: Should Representation in Parliament Mirror Canadas Social Diversity?YES:Tim Schouls, "Why Group Representation in Parliament Is Important"NO:John H. Redekop, "Group Representation in Parliament Would Be Dysfunctional for Canada"15: Should the Court Challenges Program be re-instated?YES:A. Wayne MacKay, Daniel McGruder and Kenneth Jennings, "Why the Government was Wrong to Cancel the Court Challenges Program"NO:Tasha Kheiriddin, "Why the Government was Right to Cancel the Court Challenges Program"