POLI SCI EXAM
-10 questions, 6 of which will be on the exam
1) Discuss the system of checks and balances in the Canadian Political system. I.E. the relationship between the crown, the prime minister, the house of commons, the Senate and the judiciary. Are these checks an effective way to manage political power in democratic Canada?
2) Thanks to a well-run campaign, The Party du Québécois narrowly won the 2014 Quebec provincial elections. It is now 2015 and you have been asked by the party to write a referendum question that will satisfactorily address the Party’s vision for Quebec’s future. How will you word that question and why? What objectives do you anticipate from Federalist forces? In answering these questions, be certain to reflect upon the issues surrounding previous referendums in Quebec.
4) Canada is a federal rather than a unitary state. What does this mean? How deeply entrenched if Federalism in the Canadian constitutional order? In your answer, be certain to discuss the division of power between the federal and provincial government (look at section 33, section 1 for question #3)
5) In the Canadian Senate an anachronistic relic of a bygone age? Does it perform any valuable functions for the Canadian political system? Should it be reformed? If so, why? If not, why not?
6) Discus the polis ci of terrorism: as a contestable political category, as a recurrent historical phenomenon, and as a modern policy concern. What do you make of Mueller’s argument: “That the costs of terrorism very often come mostly from the dear and consequent reaction (or overreaction) if characteristically inspires (qualities stoked by terrorism industry) not from its direct effects which are unusually comparatively limited” In light of your discussion, what strategy would be most effective to reduce “terrorism violence”)
7)In a speech delivered in march 2012, us president barack Obama outlined us policys towards Iran. “I reserve all options...
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