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The Canadian federalist experiment [electronic resource] : from defiant monarchy to reluctant republic / Frederick Vaughan.

By: Vaughan, Frederick.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2003Description: 1 online resource (xii, 225 p.).ISBN: 9780773525337 (bound); 0773525335 (bound); 9780773525375 (pbk.); 0773525378 (pbk.); 9780773571013 (electronic bk.); 0773571019 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Canada -- Politics and government -- 1867- | Canada -- History -- Confederation, 1867 | Canada -- Histoire -- 1867 (Conf�ed�eration) | Canada -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1867- | Canada | Electronic books | F�oderalismus | Geschichte | Kanada | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Canadian federalist experiment.DDC classification: 320.971 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: An Improbable Ambition -- The Enlightenment and the Foundations of Modern Government in England and America -- From Royal Prerogative to Responsible Government -- The Foundations of Eddystone -- An Object Much to be Desired -- The Ambiguous Embrace of Federalism -- The Courts and the Rise of Judicial Power -- A Nation of Christians -- The Charter Court and the Decline of Parliament -- Epilogue: Clinging to the Wreckage.
Review: "The Canadian Federalist Experiment details how the fathers of Canadian Confederation, eager to perpetuate monarchical government despite Enlightenment thinkers' views that republicanism was the only legitimate form of government, embraced the Hobbesean principles of the English constitution. Monarchical principles were embedded in the Canadian constitution of 1867, leading to concentration of power in the office of the prime minister. Frederick Vaughan looks at changes that have taken place in Canada since 1867, arguing that Pierre Trudeau's 1982 Constitution Act quietly undermined the monarchic character of the constitution by introducing republican principles of government, leaving Canada clinging to the wreckage of the old aristocratic order while attempting to provide a new order founded on republican equality."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-219) and index.

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Introduction: An Improbable Ambition -- The Enlightenment and the Foundations of Modern Government in England and America -- From Royal Prerogative to Responsible Government -- The Foundations of Eddystone -- An Object Much to be Desired -- The Ambiguous Embrace of Federalism -- The Courts and the Rise of Judicial Power -- A Nation of Christians -- The Charter Court and the Decline of Parliament -- Epilogue: Clinging to the Wreckage.

"The Canadian Federalist Experiment details how the fathers of Canadian Confederation, eager to perpetuate monarchical government despite Enlightenment thinkers' views that republicanism was the only legitimate form of government, embraced the Hobbesean principles of the English constitution. Monarchical principles were embedded in the Canadian constitution of 1867, leading to concentration of power in the office of the prime minister. Frederick Vaughan looks at changes that have taken place in Canada since 1867, arguing that Pierre Trudeau's 1982 Constitution Act quietly undermined the monarchic character of the constitution by introducing republican principles of government, leaving Canada clinging to the wreckage of the old aristocratic order while attempting to provide a new order founded on republican equality."--Jacket.

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