Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues by Mark CharltonCrosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues by Mark Charlton

Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues

byMark Charlton, Paul Barker

Paperback | October 15, 2008

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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.
Paul Barker teaches political science at Brescia University College, London, Ontario. Professor Barker received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written articles on public policy that have appeared in Canadian Public Administration, Canadian Public Policy, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.
Title:Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political IssuesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

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"