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Legislatures provides a democratic audit of Canada’s provincial and national representative assemblies. It argues that the problem existing in these bodies is not a lack of talent so much as a lack of institutional freedom. Specifically, the problem is largely one of resources and rules. The move to a more multi-party system nationally and the increasing tendency to downsize provincial assemblies has placed additional hurdles in the path to good governance. Docherty uses the series’ criteria of responsiveness, inclusiveness, and participation to evaluate critically the performance of legislatures in Canada, and makes recommendations for legislative reform in Canada.

Table of Contents




1 A Democratic Audit of Canadian Legislatures

2 Who Represents Canada?

3 Roles in the Assembly

4 Constituency Work

5 Opportunities in the Assembly

6 Scrutiny and the Size of Legislatures

7 The Legislative Process

8 What Legislatures Should (and Should Not) Do

Discussion Questions

Additional Reading

Works Cited


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