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Canadian Government Essay

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While some people feel that the government in Canada will take on a more prominent role in Canadian society in the coming years, others feel that it will remain the same as the years' progress. I, on the other hand, believe that the part the government plays in our society will take on a slightly smaller and smaller role. There are many opinions, and several facts, as to why people feel that the government's role will sway one way or the other.In Canada today we have several public policy models. Public policy is defined by Webster's dictionary as "The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws, especially such policy not yet formally enunciated." The Canadian Government has many policies that directly effect the environment. Yet, with so much money spent by the government to solve environmental problems, it must be noted that the problems still exist, even within the bureaucracy that was meant to help solve the problems in the first place. A public choice model that has grown rapidly over the years is the globalization model. Globalization is the catchword of the twentieth and twenty first century. In essence it refers to a market driven force which propagates the exchange of ideas and knowledge across borders to all people.In a country as vast and as culturally diverse as Canada, many different political opinions can be found stretched across the country. From the affluent neighborhoods of West Vancouver to the small fishing towns located on the east coast of Newfoundland, political opinions and affiliations range from the left wing to the right wing. To represent these varying political views, Canada has four official national political parties to choose from: the Liberals (who are currently in power), the Progressive Conservatives, the New Democrats, and the Reform Party. I think the role of Canada's government will be influenced on the upcoming federal election in the spring.The Canadian identity has always been difficult to define. We, as Canadians, have continued to define ourselves by reference to what we are not - American - rather than in terms of our own national history and tradition. This is ironic since the United States is continually allowed by Canadians to overthrow our economy and literally buy our country, and globalization does not help. The most obvious agreements between the US and Canada are the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and the impending NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). These economic agreements superficially remove trade barriers by eliminating tariffs and allowing the free exchange of goods, however the deal is much deeper than most realize. Today most of the businesses and companies in Canada are owned by the United States of America as they have bought more and more of their shares in the businesses.In the original FTA there are practically no environmental safeguards; we have all but sold our life blood (natural resources, most notably water) to the USA. It appears on the...

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