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Unformatted text preview: Commons currently has 308 seats Terms Legislature: place Legislator: person Legislation: bills/laws MP = member of parliament Common Myths: 1. Legislatures legislate, not really the case, MPs rarely initiate bills, this is the executives roles 2. Legislation created through partnership and cooperation among all parties, not really, laws emerge from the clash of ideas, a competitive process 3. Legislators are disinterested, present all the people and serve the general good. Not really, they represent specific groups and interests, a competitive process Core Principles: 1. Commons is the peoples house. 2. Speaker presides, the leader of the HOC is the speaker, not the PM, the house cannot proceed if the speaker is not there 3. Free and civil discourse Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4. Governments from on the floor of commons 5. Balance between exec business and opposition scrutiny...
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- Spring '09
- Political Science