This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Canadian Democracy: A Lack Of Transparency And Accountability In Canadian Politics

1384 words - 6 pages

A democratic government has long been favoured as the most fair and representative government for a country to have. This essay will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both minority and majority government (for example efficiency, compromise, and power) and argue that in fact neither offers a fair representation of Canadian’s due to lack of both transparency and accountability.
Parliamentary Government
In Canada there are three branches of government: the executive branch which enforces Canadian laws and carries out government business; the legislative branch which debates and passes laws; and the judicial branch which interprets the laws and dictates how punishment should be carried out. In parliamentary government the executive branch is drawn from the legislative branch and is responsible to it. The responsibility lies in the fact that the government must have the confidence (or majority support) of the House of Commons in order to remain in power and this confidence is assured through party discipline; in other words, the party expects their Members of Parliament (MP’s) to vote the way the party votes.
Minority Government
The composition of the ministry and cabinet also depends on how many seats the government controls in the House of Commons. A minority government is created when one single party has less than half the seats in the House of Commons yet more than the other parties when they stand alone. One of the main advantages in having a minority government is that the government must work with the other parties to come to a consensus regarding bills and policies; in doing this, there is broader representation of Canadian interests. While this is a benefit for Canadian citizens, it is a drawback for the governing party as they are unable to pass their legislation efficiently and without conflict or compromise – if they don’t work with the other parties they are at risk of a vote of non-confidence which will in turn give other parties the chance to form a government if they believe they can obtain the confidence of the House of Commons. Furthermore, Prime Ministers who lead minority governments must be very cautious in who they select for their cabinet ministers so to ensure the House members will support the government; however as Jackson, D., & Jackson R.J. (2002) states “even with such precautions, minority governments have tended to be quite unstable and pass less legislation than governments based on single-party majority control of the House” (p. 137).
Majority Government
A majority government occurs when a single party wins 155 (50% plus 1) or more seats in the House of Commons and the rest of the seats are split up amongst the other parties in the House of Commons depending on which party’s MP received the majority vote in their electoral riding. In fact, as Jackson, D., & Jackson, R.J. (2002) have pointed out “most elections have produced a majority government, based on the support of only one party...

Find Another Essay On Canadian Democracy: A Lack of Transparency and Accountability in Canadian Politics

Accountability to the Canadian People Essay

2867 words - 11 pages - -Accountability is the essence of our democratic form of government. It is the liability assumed by all those who exercise authority to account for the manner in which they have fulfilled responsibilities entrusted to them, a liability ultimately to the Canadian people owed by Parliament, by the government and thus, every government department and agency.One of the fundamental principals of a democratic society is the government must be

Removal of the Canadian Senate in 21st Century Democracy

2697 words - 11 pages outdated rules of appointment and procedure are also frequently the target of reformers in Canada. It is the contention of this paper that the Canadian Senate be reformed to represent the democracy that is Canada in the 21st Century, as this body is outdated and representative of entrenched party interests, as well as of a system that dates back to the days of aristocratic and upper-class privilege. The 2012 expenses scandal was followed closely

Canadian Politics: René Lévesque

1310 words - 5 pages ' goals”, which in part encouraged him to join the world of politics and begin the Quiet Revolution in 1960 (The Canadian Encyclopedia). Lévesque joined the Liberal party in 1960, led by Jean Lesage at the time, and receiving the role of a Member of the Legislative Assembly. A few years later, in the year of 1966, he turned on the Liberal party, becoming increasingly critical of their actions and ties to the federal government after Lesage's defeat

Kim Cambell: A Dark Era in Canadian Politics - deals with the failures of Kim Cambell's government and her scandalous campaigning tactics

712 words - 3 pages time in office, Kim Campbell did nothing but sink Canada further into an economical mire.Kim Campbell is often hailed as a champion of women and the pride of Canadian women all over for her achievement in becoming the first female Prime Minister in Canada since confederation. Yet, I fail to comprehend all the excitement and hype around her entering office. It is generally considered and achievement if one has done something to reach his or her

The Effects of French-English Relations on Canadian Politics

1042 words - 4 pages English law, it also demonstrated that the people of Quebec had no interest in communicating with the rest of Canada. Before the Parti Québécois were put in power, the French were not fond of other Canadians, but they still followed their rules. The party's new sets of laws and their attitude had a tremendous impact not only on Quebec's politics, but on Canada's as well. After the second referendum was held, the Canadian government had

Acclaimed Court Decision on Aboriginal Title: Unprecedented Force on Canadian Politics, Law and Society

1776 words - 7 pages 'aboriginal title' as 'distinct species' of constitutional Aboriginal rights. Understanding the challenges of Aboriginal people in Canada provides the opportunity to appreciate the history that has influenced Canadian law, politics and societal views of recognizing the rights of the 'original peoples' of the land. As described by Thomas Hobbes, the working in any political system depends largely on how all other, social and economic institutions which

Analysis of the power politics of canadian literature. Specifically margaret atwood's surfacing

1547 words - 6 pages Margaret Atwood's Surfacing reflects the politics and current issues of the postmodern society. The unnamed narrator of the story returns to the undeveloped land on which she grew up to search for her father. Upon returning to that land, the narrator embarks on a psychological journey. The journey is a process in which she must regain her identity and heritage. Through this journey, the narrator is led back to the natural world where she unmasks

Accountability and Transparency of Government sector in Nepal

3071 words - 12 pages INTRODUCTIONAccountability and transparency are indispensable aspect of an efficient functioning system. A transparent system focuses on openness of the system through clear processes and procedures and easy access to public information. Increased transparency in the system can facilitate greater accountability and both when acted together improves quality of governance, increased organizational responsiveness, lowering of corruption, better

A Comparison of American and Canadian Education

843 words - 3 pages systems as well but each system may vary depending on the provinces. The Canadian government provides each child the opportunity to attend free. In the United States, education is free and mandatory until a certain age. In Canada, a child can quit if they are 16 years old. Canada spends about 7% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and the United States spends about 4.9% of GDP. Drugs and the lack of motivated teachers and low pay are some of the

Examining Canadian Discrimination within a Society in Charter of Rights and Freedoms

866 words - 4 pages Every individual in society is guaranteed a certain amount of protection and equality from the state regardless of their situation or background. Depending on how the terms discrimination and equality are interpreted in the courts will those rights apply. In the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 15 consists of two subsections which will be examined in terms of discrimination within society. As stated in section 15 (1) “Every individual is

A Comparison and contrast of Canadian Prime Ministers

1247 words - 5 pages started by Diefenbaker's Bill of Rights, was a positive change for Canada, giving a voice to many that had previously not had one in Canadian politics and society. Both leaders as well seemed to have weak economic and monetary polices. Early in his term, Diefenbaker pledged a diversion away from their huge reliance on American trade by switching 15% of American trade to trade with Britain. This never happened, and his government continued to spend

Similar Essays

Nationalism In Quebec And Canadian Politics

2341 words - 9 pages During the twentieth century, Canada as a nation witnessed and endured several historical events that have had a deep and profound influence on Canadian politics. The most influential and constant force in twentieth century Canadian politics has been the increasing power and command of Quebec nationalism and the influence it has had on Canadian politics today. Quebec nationalism has shaped the structure and dynamics of Canadian federalism from

Democracy, Liberalism, And Canadian Federalism Essay

1656 words - 7 pages , turbulent, and sometimes troublesome and that the establishment of these principles have come a long way in shaping the very nature of Canadian federalism today. Therefore we must remember the past, in order to finally see that democracy, in concordance with liberty will enhance -the principles of Canadian federalism for the present, and future.La Selva and Vernon believe that the three most important values to modern politics and federalism are

Canadian Democracy: Veiws Of Canadians Essay

1419 words - 6 pages changes do need to be made to many different aspects of Canadian democracy. They would also support a government willing to reform these areas. However, many Canadians speak in ignorance. After saying that all of these problems occur within the Canadian government, “71 per cent of Canadians indicate they are satisfied with the way democracy works in Canada, and more than half with government and politics.” (Howe & Northrup, 2000) Reports like

Canadian Politics Aboriginal Politics In Canada

2856 words - 11 pages processes of Canadian federalism. National Aboriginal leaders seemed to have achieved remarkable success in the arena of high politics."(Abele, p.267) The Charlottetown Accord failed in the end and the Aboriginal people did not gain any of the rights that were laid out formally in the Accord. They did however gain a high degree of political significance by being able to get all of their interests officially agreed upon at the negotiating table