Canada's Undelayed Way with Elections

By Beichman, Arnold | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 22, 2000 | Go to article overview

Canada's Undelayed Way with Elections


Beichman, Arnold, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


American voters will particularly appreciate the line in Tom Stoppard's play "Jumpers": "Democracy is not in the voting, it's in the counting."

When Canadians go the polls on Monday to elect a new House of Commons, their version of our presidential election, we'll get further confirmation of Mr. Stoppard's wisdom. Within hours after the polls close coast-to-coast, everyone will know who the next Canadian prime minister will be. There will be no hangover sense of conspiracy and vote stealing as there is in Florida. And there will no premature forecast as to the winner because Canadian media are forbidden -it's the law - to declare winners until all the polls have closed in all time zones.

Canada, like its former colonial master, Britain, enjoys a parliamentary system, one which links the legislature and the executive. In that sense there is no separation of the two institutions as there is under the U.S. Constitution. The prime minister of Canada, as in Britain, must first of all be a member of the House of Commons and must run in one of some 300 districts. Were Joseph I. Lieberman, by contrast, to become vice president, a possibility only if the Democratic Party is successful is victorious, he would have to surrender his seat in the Senate.

In Canada, the majority party of the House of Commons elects the prime minister who usually has already been chosen by the membership as their party leader. The Canadian prime minister remains in office for a maximum of five years, when a new election must be called. The prime minister, however, has the power to dissolve the House of Commons anytime he pleases within the five-year term and to call a new election, usually within 30 days. There are no primaries, no Canadian equivalent of New Hampshire or the Iowa caucuses.

The Canadian voter has an uncomplicated ballot and, best of all, no chads, dimpled or perforated. The voter chooses one among several candidates in his district (or, in parliamentese, riding) to go to Ottawa, Canada's capital. But everyone knows that if a majority of Liberal Party members emerges, Jean Chretien, 66, will continue as Canada's prime minister.

Canada's election is of striking interest because it marks the debut on the national scene of the new leadership of the truly conservative Canadian Alliance Party, formerly known as the Reform Party. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Canada's Undelayed Way with Elections
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.