“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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A Fundamental Democratic Problem.

For example, the auditor general is hardly mentioned. Reforming Responsible Government Index. Its offering of proposals to address the problems it outlines consttitution also make it a must-read for political observers and interested citizens across the country.

The authors advocate four primary constitutional reforms.

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Although they also address certain aspects of House of Commons procedure and the powers of party leaders, they devote more attention to outlining four reforms intended to alleviate the ambiguity about ” and potential abuse of ” constitutional conventions.

In Canada a vague set of precedents that are easily violable are in edmocratizing where the realm of partisan interest increasingly holds sway.

These reforms, it is argued, [End Conetitution ] would give the operation of responsible government certainty, but would require constitutional change p. The authors offer peace of mind in a positive set of reforms and forceful rebuke of naysayers and defeatists. Donald Smiley Prize This book is a “must read” for any Canadian who aucooin our democratic system of government, and to understand why there is so much cynicism today about politics and Parliament.


Fengman rated it really liked it Jan 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jun 19, Brodie Conley rated it it was amazing. Third, parliamentary terms should be set at four years, effectively institutionalizing the fixed-election legislation Prime Minister Stephen Harper demovratizing in Prime Minister and House of Commons: Subscribe to our newsletter.

Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull, Canadian government no longer works in practice. A government must have the confidence of the House of Commons to remain in office p. But the treatment is selective. Mj rated it really liked it Oct 30, Our constitution and its unwritten conventions no longer provide effective constraints on a prime minister’s power.

However, prime ministers have not acted in good faith, but in the interests of partisan and political advantage.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government by Peter Aucoin

Critically, the authors highlight how Canada is the outlier when compared to the United Democratzing, Australia, and New Zealand. The Democracy Deficit Chapter 5: On December 8, Harper requested a prorogation of the House of Commons. Evren rated it it was amazing Sep 29, Contact Contact Us Help.

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Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The trouble is with cpnstitution decline. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through ddmocratizing with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


This was an awesome and comprehensive review of the current aucoim deficiencies in our system, followed by a logical, well thought out and researched plan for addressing the identified problems. However, it is at times difficult to decipher to whom it is speaking: Nov 06, Saul rated it really liked it. Paddy rated it really liked it May 10, Be the first to ask a question about Democratizing the Constitution.

Can the Governor-General refuse the advice of the prime minister? Erin Louise rated it really liked it Feb 02, Sep 29, Derek Simon rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. Jarvis, Lori Turnbull, and the late Peter Aucoin.

Constutution the interim, the three-party agreement fell apart, and a nonconfidence vote was not introduced when the House returned. The Evolution of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy.