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Comic Rick Mercer explains Canada’s Comic Rick Mercer explains Canada’s Federal SystemFederal System

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Critical Thinking ChallengeCritical Thinking Challenge

Look at the pictures on page 17 in your Look at the pictures on page 17 in your textbook. Then answer the Critical textbook. Then answer the Critical Thinking Challenge in your “Walk in Thinking Challenge in your “Walk in Assignments” section of your binder and Assignments” section of your binder and label it #9.label it #9.

To what extent might the different experiences To what extent might the different experiences

of the Canadians on this page affect their of the Canadians on this page affect their

views or perspectives views or perspectives??

Chapter 1 Assessment… Chapter 1 Assessment… Your TaskYour Task

Create a comic book in groups of 3 that Create a comic book in groups of 3 that show the responsibilities and challenges of show the responsibilities and challenges of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Canada’s Federal branches of Canada’s Federal Government.Government.

This will be taken in and evaluated as a termThis will be taken in and evaluated as a term

1 mark.1 mark.

Getting StartedGetting Started

Read page 21-35 in Read page 21-35 in your text. Make a your text. Make a brainstorming chart in brainstorming chart in your notes similar to your notes similar to the one in your text to the one in your text to organize your group organize your group discussion. discussion.

InquireInquire ExampleExample ExampleExample ExampleExample

What is What is the issue the issue about about Canada’s Canada’s governmgovernment?ent?

What What challengechallenges and s and opportunitiesopportunities

does the does the issue issue create for create for Canadians?Canadians?

How will How will you use you use what you what you know know about the about the political political system to system to respond respond to the to the issue?issue?

What is the structure of Canada’s What is the structure of Canada’s federal political system?federal political system?

Read page 22 in your text and fill out this chart. In point form write Read page 22 in your text and fill out this chart. In point form write down what each branch of government is responsible for doing.down what each branch of government is responsible for doing.

The Queen

The Executive Branch

The Legislative Branch

The Judicial Branch

Viewing: What is the structure of Viewing: What is the structure of Canada’s Federal System?Canada’s Federal System?

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CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHYCONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHYAdd term to GlossaryAdd term to Glossary

Canada is a CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, Canada is a CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, the head of state being a monarch (a king or the head of state being a monarch (a king or queen). The monarch’s representative in queen). The monarch’s representative in Canada is the Governor General who fills the Canada is the Governor General who fills the role of approving laws made in Canada and role of approving laws made in Canada and other formal functions. The representative of the other formal functions. The representative of the monarch in the provinces is the Lieutenant monarch in the provinces is the Lieutenant Governor.Governor.

Governor GeneralGovernor GeneralAdd term to GlossaryAdd term to Glossary

The Governor General is appointed by the The Governor General is appointed by the monarch (Queen) on the recommendation monarch (Queen) on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The Lieutenant of the Prime Minister. The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor Governor is appointed by the Governor General following a recommendation by General following a recommendation by the premier of a province to the prime the premier of a province to the prime minister.minister.

Governor General Michaelle Jean

Governor GeneralGovernor General

The Governor General has the power to appoint The Governor General has the power to appoint the Prime Minister, who is the leader of the the Prime Minister, who is the leader of the political party that holds the most seats in the political party that holds the most seats in the House of Commons. The Governor General and House of Commons. The Governor General and Lieutenant Governor generally acts on the Lieutenant Governor generally acts on the advice of the prime minister or premier of the advice of the prime minister or premier of the province.province.

No bill gets passed in either parliament or a No bill gets passed in either parliament or a provincial legislature without ROYAL ASSENT- provincial legislature without ROYAL ASSENT- from the Governor General or Lieutenant from the Governor General or Lieutenant Governor.Governor.

The House of CommonsThe House of Commons Is made up of 308 elected Is made up of 308 elected

Members of ParliamentMembers of Parliament Is the principal law Is the principal law

making body in Canadamaking body in Canada Members devote most of Members devote most of

their time to debating and their time to debating and voting on billsvoting on bills

They also….They also…. Represent constituents Represent constituents

viewsviews Discuss national issuesDiscuss national issues Call on the government to Call on the government to

explain its actionsexplain its actions

The House of CommonsThe House of CommonsLower HouseLower House

The Executive BranchThe Executive BranchThe Prime Minister and the CabinetThe Prime Minister and the Cabinet

1.1. Read page 23-25 in your text to find out Read page 23-25 in your text to find out more about this branch of government. more about this branch of government.

2. Add the terms 2. Add the terms Executive Branch, Political Executive Branch, Political PartyParty, , Prime MinisterPrime Minister, , CabinetCabinet into your into your glossary sheets. glossary sheets.

Note: The terms political party, prime minister and Note: The terms political party, prime minister and cabinet are not bolded, but you can create cabinet are not bolded, but you can create your own definition by reading page 24.your own definition by reading page 24.

Walk in Assignment# 2Walk in Assignment# 2

What factors do you think the prime What factors do you think the prime minister takes into account when minister takes into account when appointing the members of cabinet?appointing the members of cabinet?

Tip: Look on page 25 at the list of portfolios that cabinet Tip: Look on page 25 at the list of portfolios that cabinet ministers have. What kind of experience do you think ministers have. What kind of experience do you think cabinet ministers need to do their jobs?cabinet ministers need to do their jobs?

Walk in Assignment #3Walk in Assignment #3

As Prime Minister, how could you use As Prime Minister, how could you use cabinet positions to respond to issues cabinet positions to respond to issues about government that concern about government that concern Canadians?Canadians?

The Legislative BranchThe Legislative BranchParliamentParliament

1.1. Read page 26-33 to learn more about Read page 26-33 to learn more about this branch of government.this branch of government.

2.2. Add the terms Add the terms legislative branchlegislative branch, , House of CommonsHouse of Commons, , constituentsconstituents, , popular votepopular vote, into your glossary sheets., into your glossary sheets.

Note: If the words are not bolded, then make Note: If the words are not bolded, then make the definition up based on your readings.the definition up based on your readings.

Walk in Assignment #4Walk in Assignment #4

If you were prime minister, to what extent If you were prime minister, to what extent would you work with the opposition? would you work with the opposition?

You could use your answer, supported with facts and You could use your answer, supported with facts and

reasons, as a step toward completing your chapter taskreasons, as a step toward completing your chapter task..

Members of Parliament Members of Parliament MP’SMP’S

Read page 29-30 in your text and answer the following Read page 29-30 in your text and answer the following questions.questions.

1.1. What are the 2 key roles of MP’S?What are the 2 key roles of MP’S?2.2. Look at the graph and map on page 30, and respond Look at the graph and map on page 30, and respond

to the question:to the question:

““What if the votes in the 2006 election had been What if the votes in the 2006 election had been counted by popular vote instead of by riding? How counted by popular vote instead of by riding? How would the way Albertans are represented in the would the way Albertans are represented in the House of Commons be different?House of Commons be different?

Answer to Question #2Answer to Question #2

In the 2006 election all of Alberta’s 28 In the 2006 election all of Alberta’s 28 ridings were won by the Conservative ridings were won by the Conservative Party. If the election was determined by Party. If the election was determined by popular vote, than other political parties popular vote, than other political parties would have won seats in Alberta. would have won seats in Alberta.

The SenateThe SenateThe Upper HouseThe Upper House

Read pages 31-33 to find Read pages 31-33 to find out more about the Senate. out more about the Senate. Then do the following tasks:Then do the following tasks:

1.1. Add the terms: Add the terms: Senate, Senate, senatorssenators, , minoritiesminorities to to your glossary sheets.your glossary sheets.

2.2. Answer question #1 on Answer question #1 on page 33 Connect to the big page 33 Connect to the big ideas.ideas.

3.3. Answer the 3 Critical Answer the 3 Critical challenges on page challenges on page 31,32,33, in your Walk in 31,32,33, in your Walk in Assignments.Assignments.

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Walk in AssignmentsWalk in Assignments

#5 - Page 31 #5 - Page 31 Why might the role of the Senate to represent minorities be Why might the role of the Senate to represent minorities be important to governance in Canada?important to governance in Canada?

#6 -Page 32#6 -Page 32Why might Canadians have different views and Why might Canadians have different views and perspectives on the role of the Senate in Canada’s political perspectives on the role of the Senate in Canada’s political system? What evidence can you find on this page?system? What evidence can you find on this page?

#7- Page 33#7- Page 33How does the structure of the Senate represent Canadians How does the structure of the Senate represent Canadians in a different way than the House of Commons? How does in a different way than the House of Commons? How does this structure help the Senate act in the interests of regions this structure help the Senate act in the interests of regions and minority groups?and minority groups?

The Judicial BranchThe Judicial Branch

1. Read page 34-37 to find out more about 1. Read page 34-37 to find out more about this branch of government.this branch of government.

2. Add the terms: 2. Add the terms: judicial branch, judge,judicial branch, judge, accountable, civil service, accountable, civil service, assimilationassimilation into your glossary sheets. into your glossary sheets.

Walk in Assignment #8Walk in Assignment #8

How does the judicial branch connect How does the judicial branch connect to peace, order and good government to peace, order and good government for all Canadians?for all Canadians?

Note: Canada’s motto is peace, order, and good Note: Canada’s motto is peace, order, and good government. The motto in the United States is government. The motto in the United States is Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

How do laws become laws?How do laws become laws?

Read pages 38-45 to find out how bills Read pages 38-45 to find out how bills become laws.become laws.

Take down notes in point form on:Take down notes in point form on:

How bills become laws.How bills become laws.

Case StudyCase StudyThe Federal Accountability ActThe Federal Accountability Act

Read the case study on page 39, then answer Read the case study on page 39, then answer the Critical thinking challenge on this page in the Critical thinking challenge on this page in your Walk In Assignments.your Walk In Assignments.

Walk In Assignment #17Walk In Assignment #17

How might making Canada’s government How might making Canada’s government

more accountable contribute to good government more accountable contribute to good government

for all Canadian’s. What other measures might for all Canadian’s. What other measures might

contribute to good government?contribute to good government?

Federal Accountability ActFederal Accountability Act Look at the diagram on page 40-41. Look at the diagram on page 40-41.

Answer the following question.Answer the following question.

1. How many readings does it take for a bill to 1. How many readings does it take for a bill to become a law in each house?become a law in each house?

2. What would be the advantages and 2. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this process? Record disadvantages of this process? Record them down in a chart like this.them down in a chart like this.

3.3. The Senate is not democratically elected The Senate is not democratically elected by the people; instead they are appointed by the people; instead they are appointed by the government. What would be some by the government. What would be some advantages and disadvantages of the advantages and disadvantages of the senate. Who is the Senate suppose to senate. Who is the Senate suppose to represent in Canadian society? represent in Canadian society?

Note: To help you answer question #3 Note: To help you answer question #3 Read page 44 “What voice do First Read page 44 “What voice do First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people Nations, Metis, and Inuit people need?need?

Advantages of the Advantages of the Process of Bills Process of Bills Becoming LawsBecoming Laws

Disadvantages of Disadvantages of the Process of the Process of Bills becoming Bills becoming LawsLaws

Connect to the Big IdeasConnect to the Big IdeasPage 45Page 45

• Answer question #1 and 2 on Answer question #1 and 2 on page 45. These questions page 45. These questions will help you to prepare for will help you to prepare for you Chapter Task. Which is you Chapter Task. Which is due at the end of this due at the end of this chapter.chapter.

How do the media connect How do the media connect Canadians to their government?Canadians to their government?

Take the short Take the short survey “Is digital survey “Is digital my first or second my first or second language?”, then language?”, then respond to the respond to the questions that questions that follow the survey.follow the survey.

Is digital my first or second language?Is digital my first or second language?

SurveySurvey Below is a set of preferences. For each set, rate your preference by choosing one from Below is a set of preferences. For each set, rate your preference by choosing one from either A or Beither A or B

Column AColumn A Column BColumn B

•TelephoneTelephone•Edmonton JournalEdmonton Journal•Face to face conferenceFace to face conference•Book StoresBook Stores•Daily PlannerDaily Planner•Cd’sCd’s•Internet is second choice for Internet is second choice for informationinformation•Televised government debateTelevised government debate

•Text MessagingText Messaging•www.canada.comwww.canada.com•E-mail exchangesE-mail exchanges•www.amazon.comwww.amazon.com•BlackberryBlackberry•Mp 3’sMp 3’s•Internet is first choice for Internet is first choice for informationinformation•You TubeYou Tube

Class Discussion QuestionsClass Discussion Questions

What role does the media play in keeping you informed What role does the media play in keeping you informed about your government?about your government?

Why is the information shift (the digital age) important for Why is the information shift (the digital age) important for governments to be aware of?governments to be aware of?

Are we more informed today about politics then people Are we more informed today about politics then people were 30 years ago?were 30 years ago?

What are the challenges that governments face because What are the challenges that governments face because of increased media scrutiny?of increased media scrutiny?

What are the positive aspects of more media scrutiny on What are the positive aspects of more media scrutiny on politicians, for the Canadian voter?politicians, for the Canadian voter?

Media and GovernmentMedia and Government

Read pages 47-50 in your text to learn Read pages 47-50 in your text to learn more about how the media impacts more about how the media impacts government decision making.government decision making.

Add the terms Add the terms sloganslogan and and biasbias to your to your glossary sheets.glossary sheets.

Answer question #3 on page 50 Answer question #3 on page 50 Connect Connect to the big Ideas. to the big Ideas.

Walk in Assignment # 9 and #10Walk in Assignment # 9 and #10

Page 47 and 48Page 47 and 48

#9 How do different types of media cover #9 How do different types of media cover government decision making? How do government decision making? How do journalists get information? What is the journalists get information? What is the relationship between politicians and the media?relationship between politicians and the media?

#10 Why do you think groups in Canada want #10 Why do you think groups in Canada want media outlets that serve their communities?media outlets that serve their communities?

What do Lobbyists do?What do Lobbyists do?

Read pages 51-53 to find out how lobby groups Read pages 51-53 to find out how lobby groups can influence government decision making.can influence government decision making.

Add the term Add the term lobbyist lobbyist to your glossary words.to your glossary words.

Take a look at the clip art below to help you with Take a look at the clip art below to help you with examples of lobby groups in our society.examples of lobby groups in our society.

Walk in Assignment #11 and #12Walk in Assignment #11 and #12Page 51and 52Page 51and 52

#11 #11 How might lobbyists affect political How might lobbyists affect political decision making and the lives of decision making and the lives of

Canadians? Canadians?

#12#12 To what extent do lobbyists represent To what extent do lobbyists represent Canadians? In what ways do they help or Canadians? In what ways do they help or hinder effective government decision hinder effective government decision making making around issues?around issues?

Connect to the big ideasConnect to the big ideasPage 53Page 53

Do questions #1,2,3 on page 53. Do this in Do questions #1,2,3 on page 53. Do this in the section of your notes under the divider the section of your notes under the divider Governance and Rights.Governance and Rights.