Declaration of Voter's Rights

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What is Democracy in Canada?

A Public Discussion on Canadian Democracy with University of Saskatchewan Political Studies Professors Anna Hunter, David McGrane and Loleen Berdahl

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

St. Thomas More Auditorium - U of S Campus
1437 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK

With the recent turmoil in Canadian politics many of us have realized that our knowledge and the knowledge of many Canadians is lacking in the principles and details of how our democracy works.

What is a prorogation? Why does a representative of the Queen of England have a say over our parliament? Can several political parties form a coalition government? Does our Prime Minister have the same powers as the President of the United States? What is the Senate and why are it's members not elected?

Many Canadians have also been asking themselves, with all of the inter-party conflict recently, if our democracy is broken. If it isn't functioning properly, are there reforms that could improve it?

These questions and many others will be addressed at this public discussion with University of Saskatchewan Political Studies professors Anna Hunter, David McGrane and Loleen Berdahl.

The event will begin with the three professors answering questions posed by the moderator. Shortly after, discussion will be opened up to everyone in attendance to pose questions to the professors or to other participants. At 2:30pm we will brake for refreshments (provided by the organizers) and following the break, resume with the discussion.

Participants may make statements or ask questions at a microphone or submit them in writing for the moderator to read.

Admission free - wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by The University of Saskatchewan Political Studies Department, St. Thomas More Political Studies Department, Saskatchewan Chapter of Fair Vote Canada, CAPP Saskatoon (Canadians Advocating Political Participation, formerly Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament) and Grassroots Citizens' Democracy Group.