The Democracy Of A Democratic Government

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A democratic government is one in which the “supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation” (Merriam-Webster). In theory, a true democracy is one that is governed by the people in the form of “the rule of the majority”. This is a process that seems to have been naturally embedded in the human mind. In many circumstance, whether it is world leaders deciding on new international policy, or kids choosing what to watch for “movie night”, the rule of the majority seems to often prevail. Even so, in certain recognized democratic nations such as Canada, the rule of the majority is not triumphant. It is inevitable that any political system would have its shortcomings, but there are some flaws that are difficult to overlook – especially those that seem to undermine the democratic credibility of a nation. Due to a variety of factors, such as politically inactive citizens and a not-so-representative electoral system, it is evident that the Canadian democracy is lacking democracy.

By international standards, the Canadian democratic system is considered healthy; “Canada regularly receives the maximum score on global assessments of civil liberties, political rights and overall quality of democracy.” (Gidengil 2014, pg.3). For some, an evaluation like this is the only thing needed to be convinced that the democracy in this country is sound. Unfortunately, such assessments merely analyze the system from a distance,

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