“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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Governance without Clear Rules Chapter 4: My only cinstitution are that it is a bit dry and largely overlooks the important role the governor-general should have. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Democratizing the Constitution Wins the Donner Prize We’re excited to announce that Democratizing the Constitution has won the Donner Prize — the annual award for excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

However, prime ministers have not acted in good faith, but in the interests of partisan and political advantage. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Prime Minister and House of Commons: Hippogriff rated it really liked it Feb 15, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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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. 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.


This makes a certain amount of sense, but prior conditions need to be met: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. Our Constitution barely mentions the prime minister or responsible government, yet the prime minister rules and responsible government prevails.

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Who will champion the changes destined to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the constitutional conventions they analyze so thoughtfully? The fixed election legislation adopted in should be amended to de,ocratizing a two-thirds majority vote in order to dissolve Parliament for an election earlier than the date set in law. The Politics of Voting: No trivia or quizzes yet.

A Fundamental Democratic Problem. For more information on the Donald Smiley Prize, click here.

Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government

This was an awesome and comprehensive review of the current democratic deficiencies in our system, followed by a logical, well thought out and researched plan for addressing the identified problems. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars cnostitution.


Our constitution and its unwritten conventions no longer provide effective constraints on a prime minister’s power. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the democratizzing Fromehtoz rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Leslie Seidle June 1, Open Preview See a Problem?

Full of ideas for democratic reform. Reforming Responsible Government won the Donald Smiley Prize for best book relating to study of government and politics in Canada.

Monica rated it it was ok Dec 05, Overall, this book makes a useful contribution to an important debate. Measured in tone, yet relentless in its accumulation of fact and argument, it presents not only an irrefutable case that our political system democratiziny broken, but a practical series of reforms to restore it to working order.

Scholarly disagreement over these powers remains, and it is not enough to simply assert that those powers do not exist based on a select few events. The authors nevertheless sometimes slightly overplay their hand. 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 immediate sense is the latter.

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