Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics

By David E. Smith

How do events with legitimate competition prestige effect Canadian politics? Across the Aisle is an leading edge exam of the speculation and perform of competition in Canada, either in Parliament and in provincial legislatures. Extending from the pre-Confederation period to the current day, it makes a speciality of even if Canada has built a coherent culture of parliamentary opposition.

David E. Smith argues that Canada has actually did not strengthen one of these culture. He investigates numerous attainable purposes for this failure, together with the lengthy dominance of the Liberal occasion, which arrested the culture of viewing the competition instead executive; sessions of minority executive caused via the proliferation of events; the position of the inside track media, that have mostly displaced Parliament as a discussion board for remark on govt coverage; and, ultimately, the expanding acclaim for demands direct motion in politics.

Readers of Across the Aisle will achieve a renewed realizing of professional competition that is going past Stornoway and shadow cupboards, illuminating either the ancient evolution and up to date advancements of competition politics in Canada.

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