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How Parliament Works, 7th Edition

How Parliament Works, 7th Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88887-402-3
Pages 140
Language English; Aussi disponible en français.
Price $19.95
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Written by John Bejermi.
Published by Borealis Press Ltd., 2010.

The 7th edition was published in 2010. The 6th edition was published in 2005.


How Parliament Works is an illustrated description in everyday language of what the Parliament of Canada consists of and how it is organized and conducts its business. This is the seventh edition of an excellent explanation for general reader or classroom use of the nature and process of the Government of Canada.

  • Introductory Remarks by Former Clerk of the House of Commons
  • Preface
  • Parliamentary Government in a Canadian Context
  • Our Constitution
  • The Governor General of Canada
  • The Senate
  • The House of Commons
  • Electing Our Representatives
  • The Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and Formation of a Government, the Privy Council
  • Opposition Parties in the House of Commons, the House Leaders, the Party Whips
  • The Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons, Other Presiding Officers, and Senior Officials of Parliament
  • Opening of Parliament and Daily Proceedings in the House of Commons
  • How a Bill Becomes Law
  • The Parliamentary Committee System
  • The Parliamentary Buildings and the Library of Parliament
  • Appendices:
    • Constitution Proclamation
    • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • Table of Precedence for Canada
    • Table of Titles to be used in Canada
    • Canada's Political Evolution
    • Glossary of Parliamentary Terms
    • Key Dates for Each Parliament since Confederation
About the author: John Bejermi began his career at fourteen as a House of Commons Page. His educational background includes political science and business administration. His love of Parliament led to his creating and teaching a course at Algonquin College in Ottawa on "How Parliament Works," as well as producing and hosting the longest running openline live political call-in show, Openline Politics, on community television.

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