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- DescriptionIn November 2008, as the ecomic decline was being fully realized, Canada's newly elected mirity 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 Qu b cois, formed a coalition in order to seek a -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' tat.' Ultimately Goverr General Micha lle 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 Goverr 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 goverr general, the proposed Liberal-NDP coalition, the challenges of mirity parliaments, and the w-evident rifts in the culture of Canadian democracy. Kwledgeable and comprehensive but still highly accessible, Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis provides a reasoned and timely response to Canada's parliamentary crisis of November 2008.
- Author BiographyPeter 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.
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication04/04/2009
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Weight260 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edited byLorne Sossin,Peter H. Russell
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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