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Unformatted text preview: Conferences 22/09/11 Our TAs name is Joannie Constitution: What do we mean about something that is constitutional? When it has to do with the constitution or the constitutional act of 1867. It is arguable sometimes what is constitutional or not since we also have courts and Government. Lot of things is involved in the constitution. Some are entrenched, some arent. All those things that define the relationships between the members of the Parliament and other level of the government. Entrenched: ability to modify it. Charter and constitution act of 1982 and constitution act of 1867. Very hard to change because of a set of rules toward changing those constitutions. Supreme!! Usually wins over a conflict with any other laws because entrenched laws or acts or charter are the supreme option of justice. Convention: Responsible government. Since the powers of the Prime minister are not included in the constitution. Government needs the confidence of the house so that the Parliament works properly. Governor General: Powers: Dignified powers; meaning that she is more or less there for the show and that she does not really get involved in decision-making. Dignified powers: appointing the prime minister (however, sometimes she does intervene in that matter), commander in chief, appointing and assigning ambassadors, Reserve powers : If prime minister asks to go in election, the GG may decide to not allow the Prime Minister election or she could also start election without the Prime Ministers demand, Call Parliament interruption, refuse a project the PM wants to put forward. 29/09/11 Exam: Do the lectures, even though the teacher talks about the main elements, the readings go into more details that might be asked on the exam. -Do the past midterm exam that is posted on the Internet. (Difference between reserve powers and dignified)*** House of Commons: The rule of law : No one is above the law and you have to follow the rules. Eve someone that has very broadly defined powers, like the prime minister, it does not mean that there is no limit. Laws rule over everything. Ex: If prime minister goes against a law to make one of its projects goes forward by changing something that is in the Law already. Representation: Lack of representation in the House. Does it really have a big impact that there are less culture, language, age, gender, etc? Some people might vote more if they see themselves through their representative and if there were more representative of ethnic groups maybe it would help them vote more. Would quota be a solution to this matter? However, we have to think that it is the population that elects the MPs so it is simply a reflection of the population. It will most likely change in the future considering that there are more and more minority people studying politics now and the House will be more diversified in the future since we are more diversified in our generation that is to come to power soon. At the end of the day minority groups may form social groups that try to...
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