Parliament and Government in Canada

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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 Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 1.19.49 AMsense 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 Screen Shot 2019-04-04 at 1.17.30 AMelse 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.