“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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Michelle rated it really liked it Oct 19, In Democratizing the Constitutionthey point to several high-prolife events—the broken fixed-election date legislation, the Liberal-NDP coalition, and the questionable use of the power to prorogue Parliament—that have been shrouded in political controversy and academic uncertainty.

To have legal effect, they would therefore require a constitutional amendment approved by Parliament and all the provincial legislative assemblies. My only complaints are that it is a bit dry and largely overlooks the important role the governor-general should have. Jun 19, Brodie Conley rated it it was amazing. It is often said that Canadian government works in practice, not in theory. The authors write as if they are trying to galvanise for reform beyond academia and politics.

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The Democracy Deficit Chapter 5: Nevertheless, it is not without its shortcomings. Jarvis dejocratizing Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Book titles OR Journal titles. Sep 29, Derek Simon rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving….

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. Refresh and try again.


Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government by Peter Aucoin

I hope everyone who cares about the decline of Parliament reads it, but more, I hope it provokes them to do something about it. Lists with This Constitutionn. Its offering of proposals to address the problems it outlines will also make it a must-read for political observers and interested citizens across the country.

A government must have the confidence of the House of Commons to remain in office p. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Amy hhe it liked it Sep 11, 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 six months the governor general, based on the reserve powers of the office, could refuse the request and invite the leader of the opposition to try to obtain the confidence of the House of Commons.

For example, the auditor general is hardly mentioned.

The trouble is with institutional decline. View freely available titles: No returns will be accepted. Governance without Clear Rules Chapter 4: Project MUSE tje the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. An intervening election could only occur if two-thirds of MPs voted to go to the polls.

The authors nevertheless sometimes slightly overplay their hand. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fengman rated it really liked it Jan 09, This book has been designed to meet the needs of courses on Canadian politics, as it gives special attention to explaining the institutions and concepts involved, as well as the fascinating history that has led to present day conflicts over our constitutional state of affairs.

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Who will champion the changes destined to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the constitutional conventions they analyze so thoughtfully? Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull.

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Reading chapter six I could not help but wonder what Ontario would look democdatizing today if these reforms were in place over the last few years. Reforming Responsible Government won the Donald Smiley Prize for best book relating to study of government and politics in Canada. Should the Governor General have prorogued parliament despite expressions of non-confidence from the House and parties willing to form a new government?

Constitutional Law; Politics and Government. 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 authors propose four reforms to address this: It is a necessary read for citizens concerned about our country and wondering what is going so terribly wrong.

Can the Governor-General refuse the advice of the prime minister? We should nevertheless applaud this engaged, and engaging, contribution to public debate on these issues. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Our constitution and its unwritten consttiution no longer provide effective constraints on a prime minister’s power. Two Cheers for Minority Government: The authors argue that the prime minister is unconstrained because of the unwritten nature of the role p.

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