The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150

The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada at 150

By: David E. Smith (author)Paperback

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Whether it's the first-past-the-post electoral system or partisan government appointees to the Senate, Canadians want better representation and accountability from the federal government. Before reforms can be enacted, however, it is important to explore and clarify the relationships among Canada's three parliamentary institutions: Crown, Senate, and Commons. In The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors, David E. Smith presents a learned but accessible analysis of the interconnectedness of Canada's parliamentary institutions. Smith argues that Parliament is a unity comprised of three parts and any reforms made to one branch will, whether intended or not, affect the other branches. Through a timely, nuanced, and comprehensive examination of parliamentary debates, committee reports, legal scholarship, and comparative analysis of developments in the United Kingdom, Smith uncovers the substantial degree of ambiguity that exists among Canadians and their calls for structural and operational reforms. By illuminating the symbiotic relationship between the Crown, Senate, and Commons, The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors brings government reform closer to reality.

About Author

David E. Smith, FRSC, is the author of Federalism and the Constitution of Canada, The People's House of Commons, and many books on Canadian politics. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

Contents

Preface Chapter 1 - Reflections Chapter 2 - Refraction: The Crown Chapter 3 - Redefinition: The Senate of Canada Chapter 4 - Readjustment: The House of Commons Chapter 5 - Reconsideration Chapter 6 - Recapitulation

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781487521981
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781487521981
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 1487521987

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