Each section has two questions. You must answer one question from each section, for a total of three answers.
I’d suggest somewhere in the neighborhood of 600-800 words per answer.
Sources should be only from Canadian universities articles offcial sources) – excessive reference to other sources will be interpreted as an over-reliance on Google and will be treated less kindly.
Section 1: Representation
1. Canada’s parliamentary representation is really about territory. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
2. Constituency service is an important part of most Canadian legislators’ job description. We also know that many legislators take a lot of satisfaction in that role. Do you think it should be such a big part of the job? Why or why not?
Section 2: Law Making
1. In what ways does municipal law making in Canada approximate the Westminster model? In what ways does it usually differ? Do you think the municipal model has lessons for better parliamentary practice or should municipal governments more closely resemble their provincial and federal cousins?
2. You are close friend and advisor to a recently elected MP. They are keen to get to work on legislation, but are a little naïve about how much influence an individual MP might have on the process. Describe to your friend in a note the pressure points in the legislative process where they may have an opportunity to influence legislation. Spend at least a paragraph describing the Private Member’s process and its chances of success.
Section 3: Committees, Reform and the Media
1. Why do you think that committees are such a focus for parliamentary reformers? How would you rank committee reform among some of the suggestions for parliamentary reform that you learned about in this course? Use at least three other proposed reforms to create a ranking and comment on each.
2. You are an executive at one of Canada’s private national broadcasters. Your bosses have just asked you to make the case for continuing to resource the parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. They argue that COVID has revealed that all the important stories can still be told from the Toronto newsroom. Leaving aside business or financial arguments, make the case for why a big media company should invest in reporting from the Parliamentary Press Gallery.