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Canadian Political System: Environment, Structure, and Process

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Publisher:Mcgraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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CONTENTS: Preface; Introduction; PART 1 The Cultural and Demographic Environment; PART 2 The Constitutional and Legal Environment; PART 3 The Historical Environment of Canadian Federalism; PART 4 System-Environment Linkages; PART 5 Inside the System; Appendix I: The BNA Acct; Appendix II: The Constitution Act; Bibliography; Index. EXCERPT: PREFACE It is a major occupational hazard for writers of political science texts that their work is likely to become quickly outdated. Our risk is even higher than usual with this third edition of The Canadian Political System, for sometime between the writing of these words and our publication date the Supreme Court will rule upon the legality of the federal government's constitutional package and shortly thereafter the formal constitution of Canada may look quite different than it does today. In order to deal with this possibility we have appended the final version of the (Constitution Act) as it will be transmitted to Westminster when and if parliament completes the final formal stages of a joint address to the parliament of Great Britain. Moreover, wherever possible in looking at constitutional issues we have tried to take some account of the evolution of Canadian constitutionalism up to this point. However, as this text is at great pains to point out, the formal constitution is but one part among many in the complex machinery of Canadian government. Moreover the formal constitution embodied in statute is but one part of the larger "real" constitution which encompasses all the practices of government in Canada. Thus while the changes which may be about to take place are crucial, they leave many of the workings of day-to-day government in Canada largely unchanged and hence do not affect the concerns of most of the material in this text . . .

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