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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News in Review - September 2004 Rep by Pop: Making Votes Really Count

The federal election results brought new calls for changes to Canada’s electoral system. The biggest change would involve bringing in a system called proportional representation. It’s a different way of making votes count, and some say a more democratic one. The CBC’s senior correspondent Brian Stewart looks at the advantages and disadvantages of proportional representation, and at the strengths and ...
  • 2004
  • 00:14:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2004

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  • Rep by Pop: Making Votes Really Count

News in Review - October 2013 Senate Expense Scandal

Canada's Senate is supposed to provide a degree of oversight on decisions made in Parliament. Senators must have integrity and diligently represent the people of their home province and the country as a whole. Late in 2012, questions around expenses incurred by a few Senators began putting the whole institution in an unfavorable light.
  • 2013
  • 00:20:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/2013

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  • NIR-13-10 - Senate Expense Scandal

Power & Politics Senate Passes Assisted Dying Bill

Host Rosemary Barton speaks with Senate Liberal Leader James Cowan about whether or not the amended Bill C-14 on assisted dying meets the constitutional bar and why the Senate passed it despite the fact that its narrow scope for access was denounced.
  • 2016
  • 00:04:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/05/2016

CBC | Radio-Canada (Eng) The Canadian Parliamentary Video: How Canada's Government Really Works

The program provides students with a brief history of government and introduces them to Canada's peoples, languages and provinces. Students journey to Ottawa, the nation's capital, and into the House of Commons and Senate, where a new session of Parliament is about to begin. The Speaker, the Speech from the Throne, the three major national political parties and the Prime ...
  • 1989
  • 00:33:23
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/21/2014

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  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

News in Review - February 2009 The Conservatives and the Coalition

In early December 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government found itself fighting for its political life. Three opposition parties formed a coalition and announced they were ready to topple the Conservatives and form a new government. To avoid being defeated, the prime minister asked the governor general to shut down Parliament until late January 2009. In this News in Review story ...
  • 2009
  • 00:14:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2009

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  • The Conservatives and the Coalition

News in Review - November 1990 The Senate and the GST

The Senate's reaction to the GST and the struggle by Liberal senators to stop its passage form the backdrop for exploring the role of the Senate and the impact on Canadians.
  • 1990
  • 00:13:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/1990

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