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Protecting Canadian Democracy: The Senate You Never Knew

Joyal, Serge (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0773525939 / ISBN 13: 9780773525931
Published by Canadian Centre for Management Development / McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003
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Title: Protecting Canadian Democracy: The Senate ...

Publisher: Canadian Centre for Management Development / McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In recent years Canada's Senate, Parliament's chamber of sober second thought, has often been the subject of controversy and calls for reform. Protecting Canadian Democracy examines the history, role, and evolution of the Senate; places it in the context of other federal systems; and contrasts its role with that of provincial governments. Contributors analyse the Senate's use of its legislative powers, comparing it with the House of Commons, and assess the Senate's contribution to public policy development and review, showing how the upper chamber functions as a forum within Parliament for the representation of Canada's diverse regional, linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic interests. contending that the Senate should be improved by means that do not require formal amendments to the Constitution. The authors identify possibilities for reform the institution within the current constitutional framework, addressing the Senate's veto power, its appointment process, and its legislative independence. A valuable appendix of charts and statistics on the composition and operation of the Senate is also provided.


"This book sheds insightful light on a valuable but misunderstood institution on Parliament Hill. Canadians ignore the Senate's potential to their detriment and this collection makes an important contribution to the nascent debate on Canada's democratic deficit."

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