Sunday January 11th, 2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and the single most important founder of our country. We often hear that we Canadians do not celebrate our history and have a tendency to deprecate our leaders. We hear this because it’s at least partly true, and our first prime minister is a case in point. He and his partner in Confederation, Sir George-Etienne Cartier, have a… Read more
Members of Parliament (MPs) hold multiple and varying responsibilities as representatives, legislators, and party members in Canada’s Westminster-based model of Parliament. As representatives, MPs use different methods to engage constituents and hear their views. This paper investigates the nature of citizen participation and representation in Canadian federal politics, specifically through constituency town halls organized by MPs and their staff. This work analyzes how constituency town halls contribute to the role of MPs as democratic representatives.
An analysis of the context within which Canadian political institutions, organizations and social movements operate, outlining the limits of current “reformist” efforts and offering prescriptions for renewal.