Party Platform By-election Independent Mixed Member
Amending Formula Candidate Electoral District / Constituency / Riding
1. Who is eligible to vote in Canada today?
2. What determines the size of an electoral district in Canada?
3. Under what circumstances must an election be called?
4. What are the six steps in the elections process?
5. What are the differences between a majority and minority government? Why is a majority victory preferable for a political party?
6. Under what circumstances might a coalition government be formed?
7. For what reasons do some Canadians want to reform or abolish the first-past-the-post electoral system in Canada? What are the alternatives to this system? What are the benefits and drawbacks of these alternatives?
Civil Disobedience Media Campaigns Lobbyists
NGO Mass Media Media Concentration
Petitions/Protests Pressure Group
1. What are some ways that citizens can influence their government? In your opinion, which methods are most effective?
2. List some examples of the different types of organizations that try to influence government (e.g. Canadian Cancer Society, Greenpeace, The Young Liberals).
3. List some examples of actions various groups have undertaken to influence government decisions (e.g. Clayquot Sound protests).
4. What are some of the concerns people have about the ways some people put pressure on government (e.g. opinion polls, lobby groups)?
5. How does the media influence government? Why is media concentration a concern?