Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis

Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis

by Peter H. Russell, Lorne Sossin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442693371
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/04/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on issues related to the Canadian Constitution and Canadian politics in general.

Lorne Sossin is Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Table of Contents

Foreword The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Introduction Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin

Part One: The Events and Their Background
The 'Crisis': A Narrative Michael Valpy
A Crisis Not Made in a Day Gary Levy

Part Two: The Governor General's Decision to Prorogue
To Prorogue or Not to Prorogue: Did the Governor General Make the Right Decision? C.E.S. (Ned) Franks
The Governor General's Suspension of Parliament: Duty Done or a Perilous Precedent? Andrew Heard
Prime Minister Harper's Parliamentary 'Time Out': A Constitutional Revolution in the Making? Lorraine E. Weinrib

Part Three: Constitutional Conventions
Why the Governor General Matters Brian Slattery
When Silence Isn't Golden: Constitutional Conventions, Constitutional Culture, and the Governer General Lorne Sossin and Adam Dodek
Of Representation, Democracy, and Legal Principles: Thinking about the Impensé Jean Leclair and Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens

Part Four: Coalitions and Parliamentary Government
Coalition Government: When It Happens, How It Works Lawrence Leduc
Learning to Live with Minority Parliaments Peter H. Russell
The Coalition That Wasn't: A Lost Reform Opportunity Graham White

Part Five: Tensions in Canada's Democratic Culture
Western Canada and the 'Illegitimacy' of the Liberal-NDP Coalition Government Grace Skogstad
Parliamentary Democracy versus Faux Populist Democracy Jennifer Smith
Ultimately, the System Worked David R. Cameron


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