By J Peter Meekison, Hamish Telford, Harvey Lazar
Starting with an exam of the function of "traditional" associations reminiscent of Parliament, cupboard, the splendid court docket, and political events, "Canada: nation of the Federation 2002" affirms the long-held trust that those our bodies don't supply potent boards for interregional bargaining, making a void that has been stuffed at the very least partly by way of government federalism. participants finish that the functionality of conventional associations, taken as an entire, has deteriorated during the last a number of many years, putting extra strain at the strategies of government federalism.
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In Parliament, where a ministerial statement or speech is followed by opposition comment, there is less opportunity to put a favourable spin on the occasion. The bulk of media reportage of Parliament, particularly by television, is on question period. 24 Parliamentary committees also suffer from lack of media attention. 25 Considering that in an average year there will be more than 500 committee hearings, this does not suggest adequate coverage or public discussion. Furthermore, 26 of the 54 articles dealt with the finance and industry committees, indicating extreme media selectivity and lack of interest in most committees.
Ca>. 18. , p. 14. 19. According to Franks, basic law would be situated somewhere between an ordinary statute and constitutional entrenchment. Basic law would be easier to legislate than a constitutional amendment but would have more force and effect than an ordinary statute. A basic law to protect intergovernmental agreements from unilateral change was envisioned in the Charlottetown Accord (Section 26 of the Consensus Report). 20. See Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministerial Council on Social Policy Renewal, “Social Union Framework Agreement Review, Web Site Submissions Summary,” Three Year Review Social Union Framework Agreement, June 2003, pp.
It obstructed the important Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation to the point that the prime minister resorted to a previously unused clause of the 1867 British North America Act to create a Senate majority of supporters. But activism did not win legitimacy for the Senate. Editorial opinion in newspapers continually questioned the right, or appropriateness, of a non-elected Senate confronting and defying a government in this manner. Activism, even when the Senate majority had public opinion on its side, as it did in the GST debate, had the paradoxical result of increasing demands for Senate reform.
Canada: The State Of The Federation 2002: Reconsidering The Institutions Of Canadian Federalism by J Peter Meekison, Hamish Telford, Harvey Lazar