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“Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. This principle, by which the executive must be accountable to the people’s elected. Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull. Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Respon- sible Government, reviewed by Dave Snow, Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, ), .

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Mj rated it really liked it Oct 30, Who will champion the changes destined to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the constitutional conventions they analyze so thoughtfully? Mar 18, Steven Lee rated it it was amazing.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

This meticulous consritution makes an assertive and forthright case for the reform of responsible government in Canada. Reforming Responsible Government Index. The authors write that political scientists were unable to reach a common ground, and point out that if experts were unable to come to a clear answer then how are everyday citizens supposed to draw a conclusion?

Mike rated it it was ok Jun 21, Stacey rated it really liked it May 14, The authors were awarded the Donner Prize forawarded annually to the best public-policy book written by a Canadian. My only complaints are that it is a bit dry and largely overlooks democrstizing important role the governor-general should have.

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We should nevertheless applaud this engaged, and engaging, contribution to public debate on these issues. It details the problems with the status quo and provides detailed and practical proposals for reform. Our [End Page ] traditions of responsible government ought not be abandoned so lightly. However, prime ministers have not acted in good faith, but in the interests of partisan and political advantage.

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Our constitution and its unwritten conventions no longer provide effective constraints on a prime minister’s power. Book titles OR Journal titles.

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Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government by Peter Aucoin

Reforming Responsible Government by Peter Aucoin. The authors conclude that the constitutional structure of Canada is intolerable p. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Aug 07, Josiah rated it liked it. For example, on dissolution, Eugene Forsey and other scholars have suggested that if a prime minister requested a dissolution not long after a general election perhaps within constjtution months the governor general, based on the reserve powers of the office, could constitutiion the request and invite the leader of the opposition to try to obtain the confidence of the House of Commons.

I should be clear that the authors are not particularly concerned with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Peter Aucoin, Mark D.

Matt Garden rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Though his actions have stretched, broken and violated parliament to the greatest extent the authors see a clear pattern in the accumulation of power to our head of government.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The Politics of Voting: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Can the Governor-General refuse the advice of the prime minister? The authors aicoin that the prime minister is unconstrained because of the unwritten nature of the role p.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A good history of Canadian democracy in defense of Responsible Government.

Fengman rated it really liked it Jan 09, To ask other readers questions about Democratizing the Constitutionplease sign up. Governance without Clear Rules Chapter 4: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. However, it is at times difficult to decipher to whom it is speaking: The implication is that top-down reform has failed and that reform will now only occur from the bottom up.

It also shows how a very few modest, written rules could help restore the balance. However, according to the late Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Canadian Constitutional Law, 5th Edition. Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull. Fromehtoz rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. This timely book examines recent history and ongoing controversies as it makes the case for restoring power to where it belongs — with the people’s elected representatives in parliament.

The Evolution of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. Dec 20, Victor Andres rated it really liked it. This timely book examines recent history and ongoing controversies as it makes the case for restoring power to where it belongs — with the people’s elected democratjzing in Parliament. Every Canadian needs to read this book! Nov 06, Saul rated it really liked it.