Canadian politics demystified

Canadian politics demystified

To an American Canadian politics are a mystery. (Note to American high school students: “Canada” is a big country north of Minnesota, that place where the Vikings play.

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To an American Canadian politics are a mystery. (Note to American high school students: “Canada” is a big country north of Minnesota, that place where the Vikings play.)

To wit:

  • They have more than one party.
  • The names are confusing.
  • Vote outcomes often have an impact on public policy.

Very strange. This means that Canada has something approaching representative democracy (note to American high school students: This is when an informed electorate … ah, never mind). Whether they have American attributes such as a dumbed-down electorate and a rigged counting system that can change any outcome on demand – another matter.

We read some newspapers (note to American high school students: A large packet of advertising on folding papers that people once skimmed over briefly every day to find out how their baseball team did or what their elected representatives said, now replaced by the Huffington Post) while we…

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