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Are you Ready to Legislate?

(Disponible en français : Vous sentez-vous prêts à légiférer?) Government legislation often overshadows the important role played by individual members of Parliament and senators in proposing laws. Since 1910, 278 bills sponsored by MPs and senators have been passed by Parliament, 43 in the 41st Parliament alone. Of the 43 receiving royal assent, some designated…

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Parliament and the Courts: Balancing the Roles

(Disponible en français : Le Parlement et les tribunaux : l’équilibre des rôles) The role of judges and the courts in the evolution of Canadian law must be examined in the Canadian federal and constitutional context. It is closely linked to the role of Parliament and the provincial legislative assemblies (legislative branch). The judicial branch…

Parliament and Monetary Policy in Canada

(Disponible en français : Le Parlement et la politique monétaire du Canada) Monetary policy is one of the two key components of the Government of Canada’s economic policy, the other being fiscal policy. Fiscal policy includes measures by the government to raise revenue (taxation, user fees, etc.) and spend funds (transfers, programs, etc.), whereas monetary…

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Parliamentary Diplomacy, Canadian Parliamentarians and the World

Note: This publication was updated in November, 2019: Parliamentary Diplomacy: Canadian Parliamentarians and the World (Disponible en français : La diplomatie parlementaire et les parlementaires canadiens dans le monde) In today’s complex world, the lines between domestic and international policy are blurred and governments are no longer the only global actors. As a result, Canadian…