St. Thomas University
Department of Political Science
Political Science 2106
Canadian Politics
Fall 2004

Professor T. Bateman
HCH 204
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30am


This course is a comprehensive introduction to Canadian politics and government. It will examine Canadian government's enduring principles and institutional characteristics underlying the flux and ephemera of daily political activity. It will also examine several aspects of the political condition of the country that continue to animate political life, among them:

1. National unity

Quebec and the Rest of Canada
Centralization versus decentralization and who does what in Canadian federalism

2. Canadian Citizenship

subject versus active citizen
pluralism versus uniformity
rights-bearers versus members

3. Democracy


4. Canadian Sovereignty

Security and Economy
Continentalism and Globalization

Required Texts for Fall, 2004

James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon, eds., Canadian Politics. Fourth edition. (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004). CP

Robert Campbell, Leslie A. Pal, and Michael Howlett, eds., The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics: Cases in Process and Policy. Fourth edition. (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004). RW

George Grant, Lament for Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism. [1965] (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1989).

A reading package will also be available for purchase in HCH 206 for $5.00. RP

Other Resources


This half of POLS 2106 will count toward 45% of your final grade. The second half of 2106 will count 55% toward the final grade.

Requirements for fall, 2004:

Unscheduled quizzes, presentations 10%
Mid-term exam 20%
Book review 20%
Short paper 20%
Final exam* 30%

* Note: Final exam date is December 8, 2004. Do note make conflicting travel arrangements

Important Information

1. Unless otherwise noted, the Political Science Department Guidelines will govern this course.
2. Students' travel arrangements must accommodate the exam schedule.
3. Plagiarism will be penalized to the full extent of STU policy.
4. All out-of-class assignments must be word-processed. No hand-written work will be accepted.
5. All such assignments must be stapled once in the top-left corner. No covers or folders, please.
6. Repeated absences from lectures may result in removal from this course.
7. If the professor must correspond with students via email, each student's "" email address will be used.
8. Out-of-class assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class. All others will be considered late. Late assignments will be penalized one point per day late. If a 10 point assignment is late, 1/10 will be deducted. If a 30 point assignment is late, 1/30 will be deducted.
9. Electronic submissions of assignments will not be opened or accepted.

Lecture Outline and Readings

This term's schedule comes in three parts, and roughly one month will be devoted to each part. You will be told in class what readings to have completed for subsequent classes.

1. Society, political culture, and citizenship: What does it mean to be Canadian?

i) Socio-demographic portrait

ii) Political Culture in flux
Grant, Lament for a Nation
Brooks, "Political Culture in Canada" CP
Nevitte and Kanji, "‘New' Cleavages, Value Diversity, and Democratic Governance" CP

ii) Citizenship
Kymlicka, "Citizenship, Communities, and Identity in Canada" CP

2. The Constitution

i) The Principal Constitutional Texts, Patriation, and Commentary
Constitution Act, 1867 RP
Constitution Act, 1982 CP
Simeon and Robinson, "The Dynamics of Canadian Federalism" CP
LaSelva, "Understanding Canada: Federalism, Multiculturalism, and the Will to Live Together" CP

ii) "Mega-Constitutional Politics" post-Patriation
Meech Lake Accord RP
Charlottetown Accord RP
Gibbins, "Constitutional Politics" CP

3. Institutions of Canadian Government: Complexity and Dysfunction

i) The Executive
Savoie, "Power at the Apex" CP
Pal, "‘New Public Management' in Canada" CP
Whitaker, "The Security State" CP

ii) The Legislature: House of Commons and Senate
Docherty, "Parliament: Making the Case for Relevance" CP
Bottomley, "Locked and Loaded: Gun Control Policy in Canada" RW

iii) The Judiciary
Bazowski, "The Judicialization of Canadian Politics" CP
Lochead, "Whose Land is it Anyway?" RW