The Legislative and Executive Branches of Parliament

Review Counterpoints – Chapter 9 – Pages 304-307

Apply Your Knowledge:

  1. Rank each of the following positions below in terms of what you would most like as a job:
    • MP
    • Senator
    • Minister
    • Prime Minister
    • Governor General
  2. Justify your ranking by explaining your likes and dislikes for each position. (Make sure you comment on what they actually do, not just their pay and how they’re perceived)


Pg 308-309

How can your voice be heard in government?

How to make an official petition: 

Case Studies:

Download: Case Studies – affecting government worksheet

Civil Disobedience – Viola Desmond 1946

Petitions – BC HST 2011

Pressure Groups/Lobbyists – NAFTA 1994 (pages 1-4)


Apply Your Knowledge:

Review pp 290-296

  1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of pressure groups/ lobbyists, petitions, and civil disobedience as ways to make change in your world. Use specific examples from case studies in the text and in class to highlight your arguments. (3 paragraphs)


Read pp 313-317

The Political Spectrum and Political Ideologies

Political Ideologies Worksheet

Counterpoints Chapter 9 – pg 297-298


Block A Block C


Apply Your Knowledge:

  1. Which ideology’s social, political and economic beliefs do you think you agree with most? Explain why.
  2. Which ideology’s social, political and economic beliefs do you disagree with the most? Explain why.
  3. Which ideology matches Canada the closest? Explain with examples from your own experiences.


Review pp 290-296

Canada’s Multiculturalism

Essay Assignment: Assessing Canadian Identity

Canada is well known for being multicultural. It is a part of Canadian identity.

Key Question: To what extent is Canada a model of a successful multicultural country? (past, present, [and future]?)

Your essay should include:

1) Intro: Thesis + Multiculturalism in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and public policy today

2) Body:

  • Past = Assess Canada’s actions in the past with regards to:
    1. Aboriginals (White Paper, self government, environment, Oka Confrontation, Nisga’a, Nunavut, education)
    2. Quebec (Duplessis Era, Quiet Revolution, FLQ, October Crisis, Flag, Official Languages Act, 1980 and 1995 Referenda, Bill 101)
    3. Immigration & Constitution (early 20th Century policies, point system, Meech Lake, Charlottetown)
  • Present = Assess the reality as you see it in your life and around your community (includes the media)
    • Bonus: A comparison to another country that is successful or a model of being unsuccessful

3) Conclusion:

  • [future?] Where are we at now, where should we go from here?

Essay Rubric