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“Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. This principle, by which the executive must be accountable to the people’s elected. Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull. Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Respon- sible Government, reviewed by Dave Snow, Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, ), .

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Amy rated it liked it Sep 11, However, it is at times difficult to decipher to whom it is speaking: Sep 29, Derek Simon rated it it was amazing. Mar 30, Bruce Dayman rated it it was amazing. This makes a certain amount of sense, but prior conditions need to be met: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This book has been designed to meet the needs of courses on Canadian politics, as it gives special attention vemocratizing explaining the institutions and concepts involved, as well as the fascinating history that has led to present day conflicts consgitution our constitutional state of affairs.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

Two Cheers for Minority Government: The authors write that political scientists were unable to reach a common ground, and point out that if experts were unable to come to a clear answer then how are everyday citizens supposed to draw a conclusion?

The authors propose four reforms to address this: However, according to the late Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Others dispute what is sometimes seen as a lesson of the King-Byng crisis of and take the view that the governor general does not have such discretion.

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It would also entrench a system We should nevertheless applaud this engaged, and engaging, contribution to public debate on these issues. Overall, this book makes a useful contribution to an important debate. To have legal effect, they would therefore require a constitutional amendment approved by Parliament and all the provincial legislative assemblies.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Emily rated it it was amazing Mar 03, uacoin This book has been designed to meet the needs of courses on Canadian politics, as it gives 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. But consent does not amount to a rubber stamp.

Conetitution authors conclude by presenting a cogently argued reform agenda.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

Erin Louise rated it really liked it Feb 02, Trenchant writing, such as in the passage just quoted, makes this book a livelier read than the title might suggest. The problems are institutional and will require great leadership to end them.

Who will champion the changes destined to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the constitutional conventions they analyze so thoughtfully? Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull, Canadian government no longer works in practice. A thoughtful take on the current democratic constjtution in Canada. Hippogriff constitutioon it really liked it Feb 15, For example, on dissolution, Eugene Forsey and other scholars have suggested that if a prime minister requested a dissolution not long after a general election perhaps within six months the governor general, based on the reserve powers of the office, could refuse the request and invite the leader of the opposition to try to obtain the confidence of the House of Commons.

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Reforming Constotution Government book review. Jun 19, Brodie Conley rated it it was amazing. It also shows how a very few modest, written rules could help restore the balance.

A good history of Canadian democracy in defense of Responsible Government. I should be clear that the authors are not particularly concerned with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Mike rated it it was ok Jun 21, The authors conclude that the constitutional structure of Canada is intolerable p.

No returns will be accepted. The authors contend that responsible government is failing because there are no clear rules that govern the behaviour of the prime minister, the problem being that the role of the prime minister is unwritten: Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Will we continue to allow a “benign dictator”, also known at the Prime Minister, to abuse power?

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The trouble is with institutional decline. How can party leaders even the opposition leader, who may expect to become prime minister be persuaded to give up such powers? This book makes a powerful start.

Aug 07, Josiah rated it liked it. Jarvis, Lori Turnbull, and the late Peter Aucoin.

Some of these changes would alter the power of the governor general.