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

Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues

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 real-world and relevant issues in Canadian politics. Each of the fourteen issues is explored by two leading authorities, one taking a side in support of the issue, the other opposing it. This text provides students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, and each issue's Introduction and Postscript provide necessary context and synthesis.
Title:Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political IssuesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:January 23, 2012Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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Part One: Canadian Society and Political CultureChapter 1: 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"Chapter 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?" Chapter 3: Will Conservatism and the Conservative Party Fail?Yes: Nelson Wiseman, "A Dead End: Conservatism and the Conservative Party" No: Faron Ellis, "Twenty-First Century Conservatives Can Continue to Succeed" Part Two: The Constitution and FederalismChapter 4: 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" Chapter 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" Part Three: Political Institutions and ProcessesChapter 6: 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" Chapter 7: Is a Majority Government More Effective Than a Minority Government?Yes: Alex Marland, "The Case for a Functioning Majority Government" No: Anna Esselment, "The Case for an Effective Minority Government" Chapter 8: Should Party Discipline Be Relaxed? Yes: David Kilgour, John Kirsner, and Kenneth McConnell, "Discipline versus Democracy: Party Discipline in Canadian Politics" No: Robert J. Jackson, "The Imperative of Party Discipline in the Canadian Political System" Chapter 9: Is a Mixed-Member Proportional Electoral System in Canada's Interest?Yes: John L. Hiemstra and Harold J. Jansen, "Getting What You Vote For" No: Nelson Wiseman, "Unintended Consequences of Proportional Representation" Chapter 10: 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 IssuesChapter 11: Do Drinking and Driving Laws Discriminate Against Young Drivers? Yes: Kevin Wiener, "Zero Tolerance for Discrimination: A Constitutional Critique of Ontario's Road Safety Act (2009)" No: David Olevson, "BAC to Zero: Defending the Constitutionality of Ontario's Road Safety Act (2009)"Chapter 12: Should Religious Beliefs Be Excluded from Consideration of Public Policy? Yes: Justice Mary Saunders, "Opinion in Chamberlain v. Surrey School District #36" No: Iain T. Benson, "Living Together with Disagreement: Pluralism, the Secular, and the Fair Treatment of Beliefs in Canada Today" Chapter 13: Should Representation in Parliament Mirror Canada's 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" Chapter 14: Are the Media Politically Biased? Yes: Lydia Miljan, "Political Bias in the Media" No: Paul Barker, "A Bias But Not a Political One"