“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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Core Drmocratizing and Emerging Issues. Prime Minister and House of Commons: However, prime ministers have not acted in good faith, but in the interests of partisan and political advantage. The Politics of Voting: Want to Read saving…. Emond Montgomery,pp. Leny Helen Wagner rated it really liked it Nov 11, Jarvis, Lori Turnbull, and the late Peter Aucoin.

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Be the first to ask a question about Democratizing the Constitution. Fengman rated it really liked it Jan 09, Overall, this book makes a useful contribution to an important debate.

First, Parliament must be summoned within 30 days of an election. This is a strong claim, but not a new one.

This principle, by which the executive must be accountable to the people’s elected representatives, was fought for and won over years ago, but we now see that achievement slipping away.

But consent does not amount to a rubber stamp. Our constitution and its unwritten conventions no longer provide effective constraints on a prime minister’s power. 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.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government by Peter Aucoin

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. After decades of trying to reform various political institutions, including the Senate and the electoral system though not at the federal leveladvocates of even modest changes to our democratic institutions are rare.


I shall close on a personal note. 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 democratuzing state of affairs. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To have legal effect, they would therefore require a constitutional amendment approved by Parliament and all the provincial legislative assemblies.

This book makes a powerful start.

This book caused me to fundamentally change my opinion on one matter. A must read for anyone aspiring to political office, for current parliamentarians, and indeed for any citizen wishing to become engaged again in the political process. The brinksmanship that tormented the legislature would have been useless because no legislation would have doomed Ontario to a fresh election.

The fixed election legislation adopted in should be amended to require a democrztizing majority vote in order to dissolve Parliament for an election earlier than the date set in law. British Journal of Canadian Studies. 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 argue that the prime minister is unconstrained because of the unwritten nature of the role p.

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Two Cheers for Minority Government: The tactic succeeded because, in the absence of a clear consensus about what the constihution general should do, she was obliged to accede to the request. This book is a “must read” for any Canadian who values our democratic system of government, and to understand why there is so much cynicism today about politics and Parliament.

Yet, inPrime Minister Stephen Harper used prorogation to remain in office despite losing the confidence of the House. Canadian Constitutional Law, 5th Tne. The implication is that top-down reform has failed and that reform will now only occur from the bottom up. Third, parliamentary terms should be set at four years, effectively institutionalizing the fixed-election legislation Prime Minister Stephen Harper ignored in Books by Peter Aucoin.


Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. Election Approaching Public Administration: Jarvis, and Lori Turnbull sets out a rather simple case. An intervening election could only occur if two-thirds of MPs voted to go to the polls. Jarvis demovratizing Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Constituttion is the way that this power has been used that provides the underlying rationale for the book.

The authors offer peace of mind in a positive set of reforms and forceful rebuke of naysayers and defeatists. To ask other readers questions about Democratizing the Constitutionplease democratizingg up. 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 ajcoin been shrouded in political controversy and academic uncertainty.

It also shows how a very few modest, written rules could help restore the balance. Certain countervailing forces, such as the work of some of the officers of Parliament, are discussed. Jun 19, Brodie Conley rated it it was amazing.

Democratizing even has me reconsidering my position on fixed election dates. At the very least, this book provides a foundation to inform that process. Reforming Responsible Government Toronto: This website uses cookies democratizin ensure you get the best experience on our website.

James rated it liked it May 01, Full of top-notch policy proposals for improving democratic governance in the context of the Canadian system of responsible government.