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1 Canadian Government Mr. Bauer

2 Issues Why do we need government? What can government do? What types of government exist in Canada today? How does decision making occur at the federal, provincial, and local levels of government?

3 Government Introduction The Need for Government Since the beginning of civilization there has been an inherent need for some type of social order. One of the earliest types of government was the monarchy. This type of government involves the rule by one person (man) through divine right (God’s rule). The power in this type of government is passed through heredity.

4 This type of government was not truly in the best interests of the people. As a result in many countries; England (1215), France (1789), Russia (1917), a new type of government developed - Democracy (rule by the people). There are two main types of democracy: 1. Direct - when every person plays an active part in the decision making process. 2. Indirect -when a group of people elects one person to represent them in government

5 In Canada we have a system of representative democracy that provides an efficient and effective mechanism for running the country The government in Canada protects individual rights and freedoms, maintains infrastructure, and deals with other countries.

6 The Purpose of Government Government is an organized system of decision making that gives individuals and a nation as a whole a sense of order and security. The government makes laws and carries them out. It allows people to maintain their sense of individual freedom.

7 The Constitution of Canada Our set of rules for various levels of government to follow in decision making. Our Constitution contains a written and unwritten part. The unwritten constitution is based on traditions from the past. Most of these traditions are based on the British pattern of parliamentary government.

8 Our Constitution There are 3 main parts to the written component of our constitution. 1.The Constitution Act This describes the authority, parts, and functions of parliament. 2.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This describes the basic rights and freedoms all Canadians have. 3.The Amending Formula. This sets out ways that the constitution can be changed.


10 Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau signing the Constitution on April 17, 1982.

11 Constitutional Monarchy Our Constitutional Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. The Monarch is currently the head of our state. They have little or no power, but perform more of a symbolic role. They are responsible for appointing the Governor General. The Governor General is responsible for representing Canada in many situations. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

12 The Governor General is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Canadian parliament. The Governor Generals responsibilities include: the opening of parliament 1. Giving royal assent to laws. 2. Greeting officials 3. Giving out awards The Governor General’s role is purely symbolic

13 The Party System A common set of beliefs is called an ideology. Political parties may be active through all levels of government. They can choose how active they are and at what level. A political party is a group of people that represent the citizens of Canada at a Federal level. They have common beliefs and ideas and plans of how to govern.political party

14 Leader of the Liberal Party Leader of the Conservative Party Stephane Dion Stephen Harper

15 Leader of the Bloc Québécois Party Leader of the NDP Party Gilles Duceppe Jack Layton

16 Representative Democracy Canada is a Democracy. This means that the people govern the nation. Individual citizens give their power to an elected representative who acts on their behalf. By voting we choose who will best represent our beliefs and interests. The elected representative is accountable to the voter.

17 The Federal System A system of government that is responsible for handling decisions made on behalf of all Canadian Citizens. A federal system was created in order to assure the equality among provinces and also to create a consistent national policy followed by all Canadians.

18 Levels of Government




22 Structure of Federal Government

23 The Executive Branch The executive branch of Canada is composed of three elements - the symbolic, political, and permanent - that work together as the government. The symbolic executive is composed of the Queen, who is the legal head of state of Canada, and her representatives, who fulfill the monarch's daily duties in Canada.

24 The political executive is the leading element of the executive branch. The Prime Minister is the head of government. This includes their Cabinet. The permanent executive is the body of professional civil servants who manage and administer the government's policies.

25 The executive branch has two distinct roles to play in governing the country: to decide on the need for new laws and to introduce new laws to enforce a law once it is passed Can. Fed. Cabinet Feb 06

26 The Legislative Branch The House of Commons is where critical issues of Canada are debated. It is the law making body in Canada


28 The Senate studies, amends and either rejects or approves bills passed by the House of Commons. It can also introduce its own bills, except those to spend public money or impose taxes. No bill can become law until it has been passed by the Senate. The Senate

29 Canadian Senators

30 The Judicial Branch The Judicial branch of government consists of the Supreme Court and the federal judges of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in our nation. It interprets the meaning of the laws and our constitution, and it acts as a court of last appeal. The members of the Supreme court are appointed by Parliament.

31 Structure of the Judicial Branch

32 Provincial Governments Executive Branch – Modeled after the federal system, this branch holds the positions of Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Cabinet, and Public Service Provincial Executive Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Public Service Premier

33 Provincial Governments Legislative Branch – Modeled after the House of Commons. Provincial bills become law the same way Federal ones do. However there is no Provincial Senate.

34 Provincial Governments The Judicial Branch – Provincial courts exist to settle disputes and to try those charged with breaking laws. Each province has a Supreme Court.Provincial courts

35 Local Government Like the provincial and federal governments the municipalities are broken into executive and legislative branches of government. Local governments do not have a judicial branch. The mayor, councilors, and alderpersons are all elected representatives and are accountable to those who elect them. Stephen Mandel Mayor City of Edmonton

36 DIVISION OF POWERS: FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, AND MUNICIPAL Federal Powers Defence Regulation of trade and commerce Citizenship Taxation Currency and coins Native peoples and Native reserves Postal service Patents and copyrights Marriage and divorce Navigation and shipping Fisheries Criminal law and federal penitentiaries

37 Provincial Powers Education Hospitals and charities Licences (e.g., driving and fishing) Private property and civil law Direct taxation (e.g., income tax and sales tax) Management of natural resources (e.g., rests and electrical energy) Local public works (e.g., roads and canals) Courts and the administration of justice Local (municipal) government

38 Municipal Powers Water and sewer service Public transit Fire and police protection and ambulance service Licensing and inspection (e.g., houses) Street lights, sidewalks, and local roads Public health services Recreation facilities Libraries Animal Control

39 Interest Groups An important part in the democratic process in Canada, is done by the wok of interest groups. When a number of people have a shared concern, they can form an interest group. Interest groups raise money to pay for advertising to make the public aware of their concerns. They also employ people to put pressure on politicians to bring about changes.

40 The tactic of pressuring politicians is called LOBBYING. The goals of an interest group, is to get the government to make new laws to improve their situation. An example of an interest group is P.A.I.D. Which stand for “People Against Impaired Driving” It is the goal of this interest group to make the public aware of the problems caused by drivers and to convince politicians to create laws to lessen the problem.

41 Chapter 9- The Structure of Canada’s Government Do “Activity Sheet 9-1” Know the diagrams (structure/organization of government; how a bill becomes law, etc.) Know your politicians (current PM, MP, MLA, GG, LG, Mayor, etc.) Do “Text Activities”: -Page 226-#’s1-6 -Page 231-#’s 1-3 -Page 240-#’s 1-5 -Page 246-#’s 1-4

42 Chapter 10- The Citizen & Government Do “Activity 10-1” using 2011 election results Know “Election Process”, “Political Parties”, & “Ideologies” Do “Text Activities”: -Page 253-#’s 1-5 -Page 258- #’s 1-4 -Page 264- #’s 1-4 -Page 267- #’s 1-3

43 Chapter 11- Canada’s Legal System Do “Activities 11.1 & 11.2” Know the “Court Diagrams” Do “Text Activities”: -Page 273- #’s 1-3 -Page 275- #’s 1-3 -Page 280- #’s 1-3 -Page 288- #’s 1-4 -Page 290- #’s 1-3

44 Chapter 12- The Era of Human Rights Do “Activities ” Do “Text Activities”: -Page 297- #’s 1-3 -Page 300- #’s 1-3 -Page 304- #’s 1-3 -Page 306- #’s 1-2 -Page 308- #’s 1-5 -Page 312- #’s 1-3

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