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    The Language of Time: An Analysis of Stephen Harper’s “Statement of Apology to Former Students of Indian Residential Schools” The Indian Residential School system was, as former Prime Minister Stephen Harper describes, “a sad chapter in [Canada’s] history” (1). The Indian Act of 1876 essentially passed guardianship of Aboriginal children to the Government of Canada, causing the education of these children to be the responsibility of the government. These Indian Residential Schools were created with the primary aim of assimilating Aboriginal children into “dominant culture” (Harper, 1). In 2008, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a formal apology to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, using language indicating time to great effect. This use of language indicating time establishes the Government of Canada’s current position in…

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    become an area of controversy within Canada, beginning with when Pierre Trudeau amended the 1970 Elections Act, and continuing through to Canada’s past Prime Minister Stephen Harper. These changes within parliament allowed for the Prime Minister to appoint everyone who sits in office. This helps push forward the Prime Minister’s personal agenda with minimal resistance. The Prime Minister has control over who is appointed into office, who…

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    approved in 2006, yet in 2008, PM Harper refused to allow this process as a reversal to the older ways of Constitutional law in the 19th century. Therefore, the issue of a consolidation of power in the executive branch defines the ineptitude of PM Harper’s constitutional authority, but more so, it defines the powerlessness of the parliament to check and balance these aspects of monarchical power that work through the Prime Minister and the governor General. Surely, these are major ethical issues…

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    grandma created this day. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015. This volume of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a summary of the discussions and findings of the commission. The Final Report discusses how the Commission went, what it did, heard, and read. The commission focuses on…

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    been the abuse of the confidence convention, one of responsible government’s basic principles, specifically in the 2008 prorogation where Prime Minister Stephen Harper found a way to work around it (Wheeldon, 2011, pg. 69). Essentially, constitutional conventions allow Prime Ministers to ignore principles of parliamentary democracy (Wheeldon, 2011, pg. 63). They are no longer an effective way of ruling how the Prime Minister is to act, and the access to the Queen’s reserve powers also enhances…

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    becoming reconciled means to accept something unpleasant, that no matter how much restitution is offered: “nothing settlers can ever do will fully make up or restore what was lost or damaged through colonialism.” Aboriginal people have to reconcile that non-Aboriginal people are in Canada by way of the treaties. The fallacy in this argument is in its definition. Expecting forgiveness is not a good reason to state remorse. The process of reconciliation takes time and needs a multifaceted…

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    The Westminster System

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    elected Upper and Lower House would require a conflict resolution mechanism in order for it to work. The ability to go about these changes would be extremely difficult due to the need for a constitutional amendment, a requirement that is regarded as being necessary according to the Supreme Court of Canada The discussion of an amendment to the Constitution to allow for an elected Senate appears to be an impossible as well by the declaration by the province of Quebec that it is unwilling to…

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    For a prolonged period of time, next of kin’s for the victims wandered around Canada looking for the whereabouts of their loved ones and received not the slightest indication that someone was going to take responsibility for the mistreatment. Acknowledgement from the government reassures victims that the state cares for their protection, and sends the message that acts of abuse on part of anyone will not be tolerated, even if it is the state itself. After the apology given by Prime Minister…

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    Senate Reform

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    influence of any governments and or political parties. They are supposed to act autonomously and propose, review, defeat, delay and or suggest improvements on proposed legislation. Yet as current Senator Jim Cowan suggests, the autonomous rights that the Senate once had are no longer, as since the start of World War one, the Senate has only defeated five bills (Cowan, 2015). This can be credited to cautious use of there power, or restraint of using it. In 2010, the NDP passed a climate change…

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    Stephen King is a very well-known author to many around the world. Stephen King is a writing machine. He loves to write. Writing is like a drug to Stephen. Writing was a must to Stephen, as such cocaine and beer was as well back in the past years. Stephen King loves writing so much that he wrote a memoir, released an audio-only short-story collection, put out the first mass e-book, and even self-published a novel on the Web all in a year where he was nearly killed. In the year 1999, Stephen King…

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