Chapter 1 How Effectively does Canada ’ s Federal Political System govern Canada for all Canadians?. Prime Minister Liberal Leader NDP Leader Bloc Quebecois Leader Green Party Leader
Prime Minister Liberal Leader NDP Leader Bloc Quebecois Leader Green Party Leader
Stephen Harper Michael Ignatieff Jack Layton Gilles Duceppe Elizabeth May
If you were old enough to vote in a federal election, what would be the most important issues to you that you would want the Federal government to address and why?
Comic Rick Mercer explains Canada’s Federal System
To what extent might the different experiences of the Canadians on this page affect their views or perspectives?
This will be taken in and evaluated as a term
The Executive Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
Add term to Glossary
Governor General Michaelle Jean
Is made up of 308 elected Members of Parliament
Is the principal law making body in Canada
Members devote most of their time to debating and voting on bills
Represent constituents views
Discuss national issues
Call on the government to explain its actions
2. Add the terms Executive Branch, Political Party, Prime Minister, Cabinet into your glossary sheets.
Note: The terms political party, prime minister and cabinet are not bolded, but you can create your own definition by reading page 24.
What factors do you think the prime minister takes into account when appointing the members of cabinet?
Tip: Look on page 25 at the list of portfolios that cabinet ministers have. What kind of experience do you think cabinet ministers need to do their jobs?
As Prime Minister, how could you use cabinet positions to respond to issues about government that concern Canadians?
Note: If the words are not bolded, then make the definition up based on your readings.
If you were prime minister, to what extent would you work with the opposition?
You could use your answer, supported with facts and reasons, as a step toward completing your chapter task.
“What if the votes in the 2006 election had been counted by popular vote instead of by riding? How would the way Albertans are represented in the House of Commons be different?
Read pages 31-33 to find out more about the Senate. Then do the following tasks:
Add the terms: Senate, senators, minorities to your glossary sheets.
Answer question #1 on page 33 Connect to the big ideas.
Answer the 3 Critical challenges on page 31,32,33, in your Walk in Assignments.
#5 - Page 31
Why might the role of the Senate to represent minorities be important to governance in Canada?
#6 -Page 32
Why might Canadians have different views and perspectives on the role of the Senate in Canada’s political system? What evidence can you find on this page?
#7- Page 33
How does the structure of the Senate represent Canadians in a different way than the House of Commons? How does this structure help the Senate act in the interests of regions and minority groups?
1. Read page 34-37 to find out more about this branch of government.
2. Add the terms: judicial branch, judge,accountable, civil service, assimilation into your glossary sheets.
How does the judicial branch connect to peace, order and good government for all Canadians?
Note: Canada’s motto is peace, order, and good government. The motto in the United States is Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
How bills become laws.
Walk In Assignment #17
How might making Canada’s government
more accountable contribute to good government
for all Canadian’s. What other measures might
contribute to good government?
1. How many readings does it take for a bill to become a law in each house?
2. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this process? Record them down in a chart like this.
Note: To help you answer question #3 Read page 44 “What voice do First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people need?
Page 47 and 48
#9 How do different types of media cover government decision making? How do journalists get information? What is the relationship between politicians and the media?
#10 Why do you think groups in Canada want media outlets that serve their communities?
#11 How might lobbyists affect political decision making and the lives of Canadians?
#12To what extent do lobbyists represent Canadians? In what ways do they help or hinder effective government decision making around issues?
Do questions #1,2,3 on page 53. Do this in the section of your notes under the divider Governance and Rights.