Parliamentary Democracy

Constructive Dissent: A relic of Canada’s parliamentary past?

The centralization of power in the offices of party leaders (including the office of the prime minister) has been at the centre of these discussions. Correlated with this centralization is a reduced tolerance for constructive dissent within party ranks and ultimately within parliament among non-government members.  

Is constructive dissent in caucuses and in parliamentary debate necessary for a healthy democracy?  If so, how can such dissent be fostered within the current system?


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Guests: Nik Nanos (Nanos Research), Hon. Michael Chong (MP, CPC), Craig Scott (MP, NDP), Hon. Stéphane Dion (MP, LPC), Stephen Maher (Postmedia News), Manon Cornellier (Le Devoir)

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Parliamentary Democracy

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