- Introduction: Transformation of an Unnatural Country
- The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Canada: A Double Federation
- Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Workhorse of the Federation
- Local Government
- Parliament and Legislatures: Central to Canadian Democracy?
- First Ministers, Cabinet, and the Public Service
- Political Parties and the Practice of Brokerage Politics
- Political Parties and the Electoral System
- Challenge and Change: Elections and Voting
- The Deliberative and Adversarial Attitudes of Interest Groups
- Public Opinion and Public Policy
- Politics and the Media: Culture, Technology, and Regulation
- Ethnic, Linguistic, and Multicultural Diversity of Canada
- Women in Canadian Politics
- Beyond the “Indian Problem”: Aboriginal Peoples and the Transformation of Canada
- Canada and the World: Beyond Middle Power
- Canada–United States Relations
- Trade, Globalization, and Canadian Prosperity
- Continuities and Change in the Design of Canada's Social Architecture
- Health Care
- Science and Technology: Politicians and the Public
- Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy
- Defense and Security
- Democratic Reform: The Search for Guiding Principles
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses the continuing efforts of Canada in reforming its political institutions to emulate a representative government and a democratized government. It discusses the objectives and principles underlying the pressures for the democratic reform of the nation. The core of the article is the analysis of the several measures taken by Canada to reform the senate, the electoral system, and the regulation of political finance and related matters. The article concludes with a discussion of why, despite considerable efforts, the changes sought have not come about in the first two areas.
F. Leslie Seidle is Senior Research Associate, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Montreal.
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