CROSSCURRENTS: CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ISSUES

Paperback | April 10, 2002

byMark Charlton, Paul Barker

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Turn your classroom into a forum for debate and discussion with the fourth edition of Crosscurrents! With its lively and effective yes/no debate format, Crosscurrents continues to provide students with a stimulating collection of essays that encourages the development of critical thought and analytic skills involving major issues of the day. The authors frame issues with well-written introductory essays and postscripts to further enhance the experience.Crosscurrents addresses major political issues in Canada and elsewhere, and contains debates on hot topics such as aboriginal self-government, changes to the electoral system, health care, school choice and many more! This is an ideal text to assign for tutorials and an optimal starting point for alternative resources and research.

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Turn your classroom into a forum for debate and discussion with the fourth edition of Crosscurrents! With its lively and effective yes/no debate format, Crosscurrents continues to provide students with a stimulating collection of essays that encourages the development of critical thought and analytic skills involving major issues of th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 10, 2002Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ContentsList of ContributorsIntroductionPart One: Canadian Society and Political Culture1. Is the political culture of Canada becoming Americanized?Yes: Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Canadian Political Culture: The Problem of AmericanizationNo: Anthony A. Peacock, Socialism as Nationalism: Why the Alleged Americanization of Canadian Political Culture Is a Fraud2. Should individual rights take precedence over collective rights?Yes: Pierre Trudeau, Values in a Just SocietyNo: Paul Marshall, The Importance of Group Rights3. Are Canadians tory-touched liberals?Yes: Nelson Wiseman, Tory-Touched Liberalism: Political Culture in CanadaNo: Janet Ajzenstat and Peter J. Smith, The "Tory Touch" Thesis: Bad History, Poor Political Science4. Can native sovereignty coexist with Canadian sovereignty?Yes: John A. Olthuis and Roger Townshend, The Case for Native SovereigntyNo: Thomas Flanagan, Native Sovereignty: Does Anyone Really Want an Aboriginal Archipelago?Part Two: The Constitution and Federalism5. Is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms antidemocratic?Yes: Robert Martin, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is Antidemocratic and Un-CanadianNo: Philip L. Bryden, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Is Antidemocratic and Un-Canadian: An Opposing Point of View6. Is constitutional reform necessary?Yes: Kathy L. Brock, The Need for Constitutional ReformNo: Michael Lusztig, Megaconstitutional Reform Is Not Desirable7. Are Canada''''s child pornography laws unconstitutional?Yes Justice Duncan Shaw, Opinion in R. v. SharpeNo: Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Opinion in R. v. Sharpe8. Is the Clarity Act good for Canada?Yes: Patrick J. Monahan, Doing the Rules: An Assessment of the Federal Clarity Act in Light of the Quebec Secession ReferenceNo: Claude Ryan, Consequences of the Quebec Secession Reference: The Clarity Bill and BeyondClarity Act, 2000Part Three: Institutions9. Is the prime minister too powerful?Yes: Donald J. Savoie, Primus: There Is No Longer Any Inter or ParesNo: Paul Barker, Limits on the Power of the Prime Minister10. Should party discipline be relaxed?Yes: David Kilgour, John Kirsner, and Kenneth McConnell, Discipline versus Democracy: Party Discipline in Canadian PoliticsNo: Robert J. Jackson and Paul Conlin, The Imperative of Party Discipline in the Canadian Political System11. Do the courts engage in a dialogue with the legislatures?Yes: Peter W. Hogg and Allison A. Thornton, The Charter Dialogue between Courts and LegislaturesNo: F.L. Morton, Dialogue or Monologue?Part Four: The Political Process12. Should representation in Parliament mirror Canada''''s social diversity?Yes: Tim Schouls, Why Group Representation in Parliament Is ImportantNo: John H. Redekop, Group Representation in Parliament Would Be Dysfunctional for Canada13. Should voting be made mandatory?Yes: Andrew Coyne, The Right to Vote, and the ObligationNo: Clifford Orwin, You Can Lock Me Up, but You Can''''t Make Me Vote14. Should Canada adopt proportional representation?Yes: John L. Hiemstra and Harold Jansen, Getting What You Vote ForNo: Paul Barker, Voting for Trouble15. Do referendums enrich a democracy?Yes: Brian Beedham, A Better Way to Vote: Why Letting the People Themselves Take the Decisions Is the Logical Next Step for the WestNo: Mark Charlton, The Limits of Direct Democracy16. Are "dirty hands" necessary in politics?Yes: Michael Walzer, Political Action: The Problem of Dirty HandsNo: David P. Shugarman, Democratic Dirty Hands?Part Five: Public Policy17. Is American health care better than Canadian health care?Yes and No: Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik, Health Care Forum: Canada v. U.S. An Exchange18. Should religious beliefs be excluded from consideration of public policy?Yes: Justice Mary Saunders, Opinion in Chamberlain v. Surrey School District #36No: Justice Kenneth Mackenzie, Opinion in Chamberlain v. Surrey School District #3619. Is