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Can social movements and interest groups complement political parties to provide more equitable representation, or are they mutually exclusive players in the Canadian political process?

Suggested Research Paper Topics:
(Please note that you are not required to select one of these topics, you may select your own
topic. If you are concerned about whether it corresponds with the course’s content, then
please contact me and I will take a look at your choice)
1. “Despite their complaints, the Western Provinces have always received fair and equal
treatment from the rest of Canada.” Discuss.
2. “If there is a single proposition about Canadian political culture that generates agreement
it’s that the values, beliefs and attitudes of Canadians have changed significantly from
what they were a generation or two ago.” Discuss
3. Can social movements and interest groups complement political parties to provide more
equitable representation, or are they mutually exclusive players in the Canadian political
process?
4. What are the most salient sources of the enduring constitutional impasse in Canada?
5. Why do most Quebeckers insist on constitutional recognition that Quebec is a distinct
society within Canada? What additional powers does Quebec seek?
6. “From the 1969 White Paper (…) to the recognition of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in
the 1982 Constitution and the negotiation of modern treaties and self-government
agreements, undoubtedly, much has changed. While some speak of paradigmatic change,
others insist that these recent changes do not fundamentally call into question the colonial
heritage and logic of domination that has characterized relations between the Canadian
state and Aboriginal peoples.” Discuss.
7. Examine the evolution of Canada’s policy of Multiculturalism since 1971. How have
justifications for the policy remained constant? How have they changed?
8. Have government initiatives helped or hindered the quest for political, social and
economic equality by Canadian women?
9. How do you explain the persistence of the social safety net in Canada, given the lack of
political power of the poor and working class?
10. How seriously should public opinion polls inform policy-making? Is the government
justified in taking so many public opinion polls at public expense?

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