1. In Sections 91 & 92 of the Constitution of Canada notice that the distribution of legislative powers, or jurisdiction, of the levels of government are outlined. Read this page.
- What is the federal government’s jurisdiction (also powers/responsibilities)?
- What is each of the province’s jurisdiction?
- Give an example of a municipal government’s area of responsibility.
Note that municipal (local) government is not a constitutional level of government. Municipalities are established by the provincial legislatures which in turn delegate some of their powers to municipal governments. Use GOV_RESPONSIBILITIES_LIST to learn some of the powers or responsibilities
2. Now go to this website and play this game called, “Level Rule”. See if you can make sense of the powers or jurisdiction of the different levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal. What was your score?
3. Would you agree that the purpose of government is to “manage the country”? What else would you add? To do this, the proper elected levels of government must make laws. Why must the governments be elected in order to make laws? What is a system called which does not have an elected government?
- Remember your wicked problem and the ones we discussed in class. Write up a law that would help solve one of these problems in Canada. Use this worksheet: MAKE_IT_LAW
- How would you and your elected representative go about making your idea into law? Memorize the process by reading page 30 and 31 in the following book: Process_to_Make_a_Law_p30-31
- Next, put the steps of making a law into the right order. Get the squares from Ms. Moore and order them! Show her.