Canadian Democracy at the Crossroads

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by Helen Forsey,, 25 April 2011

Canadians are privileged to live in a democracy. Our parliamentary system has evolved over centuries, and our political parties reflect the diversity and freedom of thought we enjoy as citizens.

One result of this freedom and diversity is that in some elections, no one party wins a majority of seats in the House of Commons. This means that whichever party forms the government has to co-operate with others in order to get laws passed and stay in power. This is called "minority government', and it can work very well. All it takes is honesty, respect, and a willingness to co-operate across differences. [...]


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