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Unit Briefing: Federal Political System

Your first task as politicians in training will be to demonstrate an understanding of the system you will be working in. To show that you have met the objectives you will create an infographic that gives a detailed explanation of how all the concepts covered in this unit are related. This assignment will be summative (graded). To make sure that you understand all of the concepts that must be included in your unit project, and to help you build it, you will complete five component projects. These will be formative (ungraded), but you will have the option of using some of them as part of your opinion pieces blog posts. Objectives:
9.1.4 Examine the structure of Canadas federal political system by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues: How are laws passed in the federal political system? What is the relationship between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of Canadas federal political system? What processes are used to determine Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators? To whom are Members of Parliament and Senators accountable? What is the role of political parties within Canadas federal political system? What is the role of the media in relation to political issues? How do lobby groups impact government decision making? To what extent do political and legislative processes meet the needs of all Canadians?

Vocabulary Terms:
Issue, Quality of Life, Governance, Government, Constitution, Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Federal, Prime Minister, Monarch/Crown, Cabinet (Minister), Constituents, Popular Vote, Minorities, House of Commons, Parliament, Senate, Bill, Law, Political Party, Assimilation, Media, Lobby (Group),

Learning Projects:
MPs and Senators Venn Diagram Legislation Flow Chart Majority/Minority Debate

Government Structure Diagram

Infographic: Canadian Federal Government

Press Gallery Speech

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Unit Project: Federal Political System Infographic (Summative)


Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. (Wikipedia) With a partner create a detailed infographic, in order to answer the following questions: What is the structure of Canadas Federal Political System? And to what extent do its processes help meet the needs of all Canadians? Your infographic will be marked based on the intellectual standards of critical thinking as well as showing how all of the following structures and concepts are related: The Constitution Executive Branch Prime Minister Cabinet Portfolios Legislative Branch Monarch Governor General House of Commons Responsibilities of MPs Selection of MPs Accountability of MPs Senate Responsibilities of Senators Selection of Senators Accountability of Senators Judicial Branch Supreme Court Judges Selection and Responsibilities The Legislative Process How does a bill become a law Role and affects of Political Parties Role and impact of the Media Role and impact of Lobby Groups

Total

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= 1 each for check boxes (23), and 2 marks for each intellectual standard (12)

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Component Project: Structure of Federal Political System (Formative) 9.1.4.2 Create a diagram that gives details on all of the major parts of the Canadian federal political system, and how they are related to each other. Your diagram should include:

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Component Project: Legislative Process Flow Chart (Formative) 9.1.4.1 Develop a flow chart, which shows the processes by which a bill is either rejected or finally accepted into law in the Canadian Federal Political System.

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Component Activity: Majority/Minority Legislative Debate (Formative) 9.1.4.5 Participate in a mock legislative debate, simulating both minority and majority government settings. Then reflect on the following questions What is a majority government? How did you feel during the majority government debate? What are some advantages and disadvantages of majority governments?

What is a minority government? How did you feel during the minority government debate? What are some advantages and disadvantages of minority governments?

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Component Project: MPs and Senators Selection and Accountability Venn Diagram (Formative) 9.1.4.3-4 Compare and contrast the selection and accountability of Members of Parliament and Senators in Canada, using a split Venn diagram.

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Component Project: Press Gallery Response Re: Lobby Groups (Opinion Piece) 9.1.6-7 Prepare a speech that you might give as a cabinet minister, to the press gallery, responding to accusations by animal rights lobbyists that Alberta Cattle Farming is inhumane. You must also take into consideration the viewpoints of Cattle Farming Lobby.

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