Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

This collection presents an overview of Canada's parliamentary system. Students will gain insight into the role of Members of Parliament and the basic structure and functions of the House of Commons and Senate.

We also examine some of the more recent hot-button issues in Canadian parliamentary life, including calls to address what some perceive as a “democratic deficit”, whether by means of Senate reform, coalition governments, or changes to Canada’s electoral system, such as introducing proportional representation.

  • 2016
  • 9-12
  • 14 Titles

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CBC News Now Choosing a Cabinet

Political expert Eddie Goldenberg discusses what goes into putting together a cabinet and getting a government up and running.
  • 2015
  • 00:05:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/11/2016

The 180 Democracy Hacks: Coalition Governments

A new poll suggests that more Canadians might be willing to consider a coalition government than the last time the prospect was raised, in 2008. The 180 with Jim Brown hears more about the history of coalitions in Canada, and entertains a "democracy hack" suggestion from political scientist Lori Turnbull on making coalitions that are highly functional.
  • 2014
  • 00:11:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/06/2015

The 180 Democracy Hacks: Proportional Representation

If you ask Canadians how to improve our democracy, as The 180 with Jim Brown did, by far the most frequent suggestion is to get rid of the First-Past-the-Post voting system. Many suggest moving to a system of proportional representation. Currently in federal politics, a party can form a majority government with far fewer than a majority of the votes. Kelly Carmichael, ...
  • 2015
  • 00:14:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/06/2015

Power & Politics Digital Democracy: E-petitions

The federal government has taken a small step towards decreasing the "democratic deficit". Canadians can now sign and submit e-petitions through Parliament's website. Rosie Barton discusses the initiative with its champion, Kennedy Stewart, BC NDP MP, who believes the change will increase citizen participation in government. He discusses the planning and deliberation by parliamentary committee that helped this measure pass.
  • 2015
  • 00:06:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/11/2016

News in Review - October 1993 Election Polls: Taking the Pulse

How have election polls become an integral part of the Canadian electoral process? This story examines their impact.
  • 1993
  • 00:11:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/1993

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Power & Politics Electoral Reform Explained

Having promised that the 2015 federal election will be the last under the first-past-the-post system, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals face the daunting task of determining the best option for electoral reform. Dave Meslin from Unlocked Democracy gives a visual demonstration of several alternatives, including the run-off election (or ranked ballot), single transferable vote (STV) and mixed-member proportional representation (MMP).
  • 2015
  • 00:08:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/07/2016

The National Majority vs. Minority Government

CBC News' Susan Ormiston fact checks what the party leaders are saying about majority vs. minority governments. From the King-Byng affair to Trudeau the Elder's controversial missteps, take this quick tour through how it works in the Westminster system.
  • 2015
  • 00:02:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/08/2016

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng) MPTV: An Introduction to the House of Commons

Filmed on location in Ottawa, this video offers an overview of the grandeur, importance and relevance of Canada's Parliament, with a specific focus on the House of Commons. Students will gain insight into the role of Members of Parliament and the basic structure and functions of the House of Commons. Designed to hold the attention of students in Grades 4 ...
  • 2005
  • 00:09:31
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/03/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • House of Commons: Classroom Activities

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: Quiz

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: Quiz Answer Key

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: Word Bank

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: KWL Chart

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: The Three Parts of Parliament

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: The Three Parts of Parliament Answer Key

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: The House of Commons Map

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: What Do I Remember?

  • House of Commons Classroom Materials: What Do I Remember? Answer Key