From his perspective as an insider, Rempel discusses how Parliament has become irrelevant in making national policy. In particular, he examines Canada's involvement in conflicts such as Afghanistan and Kosovo. With meaningful debate absent, Parliament has become nothing more than a tool to legitimise the Prime Minister's policy decisions. Canada's international influence is slipping and national sovereignty is eroding. Parliament must be reformed and we must begin a serious national debate about the future of the country.
Table of Contents
Democracy; Representation; The Legislature; Political Parties; Democratic Reforms; Towards Democratic Self-Rule; Implementation.
Roy Rempel was a foreign and defence policy advisor on Parliament Hill for nearly four years. He holds a PhD in international relations and taught at Memorial University. He also worked for the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.