Parliamentary democracy in crisis

edited by Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin

In November 2008, as the economic decline was being fully realized, Canada's newly elected minority government, led by Conservative Stephen Harper, presented a highly divisive fiscal update in advance of a proposed budget. Unable to support the motion, the Liberal and New Democratic Parties, with the backing of the Bloc Quebecois, formed a coalition in order to seek a no-confidence vote and to form a new government. In response, Conservative cabinet ministers launched a media blitz, informing Canadians that the opposition was mounting a 'coup d'etat.' Ultimately Governor General Michaelle Jean allowed Parliament to be prorogued, the coalition fell apart, and a budget was accepted by the House in January 2009. However, widespread public uncertainty and confusion about the principles of government evident during the crisis revealed a grave lack of understanding about the mechanics and legalities of parliamentary democracy on the part of Canadians. With a foreword by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis brings together journalists, political scientists, and leading constitutional experts to analyse the crisis and to discuss the nature of Canada's democracy. The contributors bring perspectives from both French and English Canada and cover all aspects of the crisis, including the prorogation of Parliament, the role of the governor general, the proposed Liberal-NDP coalition, the challenges of minority parliaments, and the now-evident rifts in the culture of Canadian democracy. Knowledgeable and comprehensive but still highly accessible, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis provides a reasoned and timely response to Canada's parliamentary crisis of November 2008.

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In November 2008, as the economic decline was being fully realized, Canada's newly elected minority government, led by Conservative Stephen Harper, presented a highly divisive fiscal update in advance of a proposed budget. Unable to support the motion, the Liberal and New Democratic Parties, with the backing of the Bloc Quebecois, formed a coalition in order to seek a no-confidence vote and to form a new government. In response, Conservative cabinet ministers launched a media blitz, informing Canadians that the opposition was mounting a 'coup d'etat.' Ultimately Governor General Michaelle Jean allowed Parliament to be prorogued, the coalition fell apart, and a budget was accepted by the House in January 2009. However, widespread public uncertainty and confusion about the principles of government evident during the crisis revealed a grave lack of understanding about the mechanics and legalities of parliamentary democracy on the part of Canadians. With a foreword by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis brings together journalists, political scientists, and leading constitutional experts to analyse the crisis and to discuss the nature of Canada's democracy. The contributors bring perspectives from both French and English Canada and cover all aspects of the crisis, including the prorogation of Parliament, the role of the governor general, the proposed Liberal-NDP coalition, the challenges of minority parliaments, and the now-evident rifts in the culture of Canadian democracy. Knowledgeable and comprehensive but still highly accessible, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis provides a reasoned and timely response to Canada's parliamentary crisis of November 2008.

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[目次]

  • 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 Impense Jean Leclair and Jean-Francois 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 Contributors Index

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  • 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 Impense Jean Leclair and Jean-Francois 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 Contributors Index

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書名 Parliamentary democracy in crisis
著作者等 Russell, Peter H.
Sossin, Lorne
出版元 University of Toronto Press
刊行年月 c2009
ページ数 xviii, 201 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9781442610149
9781442640764
NCID BB00317223
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言語 英語
出版国 カナダ
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