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Introduction: Transformation of an Unnatural Country

John C. Courtney and David E. Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195335354.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Introduction: Transformation of an Unnatural Country

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This book deals with the subjects and policies that depict the transformations that have occurred in the Canadian politics over the past half century. While Canada is not the only country that has experienced rapid and widespread changes in the recent decades, it is somewhat different. What sets Canada apart from other countries is the Canadian belief that Canada is not a natural country. Marked by extreme climate, immense area, sparse population, and a superpower neighbor, Canada has repeatedly felt vulnerable and has always strived for survival. This book deals partly with institutions and processes of the Canadian government and politics. Canadian government encompasses federal, provincial, and local governments. The subjects examined are Parliament, rights, constitution, cabinet, courts, Charter, political parties, federalism, elections, public opinion, and media. The rest of the text tackles aspects of Canadian demography, external relations, international trade, public policy areas, defense and security, and democratic reform.

Keywords: Canadian politics; Canada; Canadian government; politics; federal governments; provincial governments; local governments; parliament; rights

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Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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