By David E. Smith
How do events with reliable competition prestige impact Canadian politics? around 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 no matter if Canada has built a coherent culture of parliamentary opposition.
David E. Smith argues that Canada has in truth did not increase the sort of culture. He investigates a number of attainable purposes for this failure, together with the lengthy dominance of the Liberal get together, which arrested the culture of viewing the competition as a substitute govt; classes of minority govt brought on through the proliferation of events; the function of the inside track media, that have principally displaced Parliament as a discussion board for observation on executive coverage; and, eventually, the expanding acclaim for demands direct motion in politics.
Readers of around the Aisle will achieve a renewed realizing of legit 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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Additional resources for Across The Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics
What needs to be addressed is that on the Naval Bill, as on language and educational 40 Across the Aisle matters earlier, opposition was not confined to debate in the Commons. Indeed, on these types of issues, the opposition speaks to the electorate as much as it does to the House. Rather, the upper chamber and (on the schools matter) some provincial legislatures were enlisted in the attack. Nor was this a phenomenon only of the early twentieth century, although Laurier’s Quebec roots melded with his commitment to Canada’s British parliamentary traditions, and Borden’s sense of destiny to lead Canada as a full, not just a colonial, participant in imperial affairs, gave these events enduring as well as immediate significance.
Yet that conception is confounded by another complication: dependency upon another power, Great Britain up to the 1940s and the United States afterward. The chronology may not be as precise as that statement suggests, but the complications from dependency are. This is particularly true of the imperial relationship. The tension between centralism and decentralism in domestic affairs had its counterpart in external affairs. In consequence, a second part of the opposition’s conception of Canada demanded that it take a position on the degree of autonomy required in relations with others.
The golden age of Conservative opposition was set to begin. ’1 All of which is true and deserving of study. Yet the same year, remarkable events in Canada were destined to guarantee that country a political future unlike its past. Laurier died unexpectedly in February 1919, and the party’s policy convention, already called for August, was handed the additional task of selecting a new chief, one who would also be leader of the opposition and the man to take the party into the next federal election.