Democracy, The Right And Liberty

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Democracy, defined by David F.J Campbell in 2008, as, “[t]he essential idea of democracy is that the people have the right to determine who governs them. In most cases they elect the principal governing officials and hold them accountable for their actions”. As illustrated in Module 4, citizens living in a democracy have the right and liberty to, individuals are willing to compromise their own freedom to have an elected official represent their decisions. Citizens of a country hold power in terms of electing who will represent them in a government by exercising their right to vote. In Canada, and in many other democracies around the world, citizens’ votes influence the government, and can either be beneficial to one person or group, and it …show more content…

The data in this journal includes a statistical analysis that provides reasons of why Canada is majoritarian and how it the government of Canada has shaped in recent years. The current system can be described as a majoritarian one as it includes two parties, “[t]he Liberals and Conservatives, that have formed government since World War One” (p.838). These two political parties have held government and have become increasingly powerful by working closely with an appointed cabinet that seeks to impress the prime minister and the party in power. As indicated in Module 5, the Canadian Westminster model is “characterized by the concentration of power in the prime minister and the cabinet and by an adversarial relationship between the government and opposition parties.” Since the cabinet is appointed, and not elected by citizens, it implies the question of: who is representing the people and upholding their values in the elected government? The problem with this majoritarian model is that it ensures power to certain branches, which proceeds to diminish the actual views and values of citizens, as policies and laws are established by members of the cabinet that may be bias, only because they work closely to the prime minister and the party in power. Furthermore, central agencies, as mentioned in Module 7, have become increasingly questioned as their role in developing and formulating public policies. By working

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