Canadian Government and Politics

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PREFACE

This book has been written to fill a long felt need for a description and analysis of Canadian political institutions. Attention is therefore centred on organs of government, constitutional problems and political processes rather than on economic policies and social purposes. The student of politics is, of course, as much concerned with the ends that government seeks as with the methods of its operation; but, as there seems to be no lack of popular and learned discussion of ends and goals, it has been thought desirable to concentrate on the more neglected side of governmental machinery. In this volume it is assumed that political purposes and objectives are either self-evident or are comparable to those in similar countries. Where controversial issues are involved, the writer has sought to treat them on the basis of underlying assumptions that he judges to have widest acceptance. It has been thought advisable to devote little or no space to those phases of war government that may be deemed transitory.

Being designed for those commencing the study of Canadian public affairs, this volume is an elementary or introductory one in the sense of not pretending to be definitive; it is therefore presented without the trappings and minutiae of academic scholarship, such as footnotes, citation of authorities on each point, etc. But it is not intended to be elementary in the sense of omitting consideration of some of the more difficult and complex topics. Not the least useful feature of this book, it is hoped, is the fairly extensive bibliography that is appended to each chapter to assist those who wish to pursue these matters more thoroughly. Comparison with British and American institutions is frequently introduced, not only because the constitutional systems of Great

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