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24-H207 Democratic Government in Canada – Myths, Misinformation and Reality – Elizabeth Smythe

Instructor: Elizabeth Smythe
Course Date: April 29, 2024 to May 17, 2024
This course takes place from 10:35 AM to 11:35 AM:
Monday to Friday

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Social media, COVID-19 and the rise of populism have left many confused about what a democratic government is, how it should work, and their role as a citizen. Some of the confusion comes from our own political leaders. “It’s not like Ottawa is a national government”. Actually, it is! Or, that our country works as a “federation of sovereign, independent jurisdictions”. Again, not really accurate!  We’ll provide engaging material to help you better understand the reality of government in Canada and correct much misinformation.

Topics include:
• Democracy…declining? under threat?
• The Canadian Constitution, Canadian federalism and the Charter of Rights. Is Freedom just another word?
• Transparency/Accountability of government to citizens and the role of elections. Does the majority really rule?
• Parliamentary government, from kings, queens and governors to PMs, cabinets and MPs. Does your representative really represent you?
• Are populism, social media and misinformation undermining democratic government? Could it happen here?

Instructor:  Dr. Elizabeth Smythe

Elizabeth Smythe has a PhD from Carleton University in political science and spent over 30 years as a professor teaching undergraduate courses in Canadian politics, comparative politics and international relations at Concordia University in Edmonton. Along the way, especially in recent years, she has tried to clarify, correct and address many myths and misconceptions about government and the reality of democratic government.

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