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Title: Political Parties in Canada


1
Political Parties in Canada
Parties, the media and other influences on the
Canadian electoral system
2
Political Parties
3
What are political parties?
  • People who run for election in government are
    affiliated with groups of like minded people
  • The public then supports the group that believes
    the way they do

4
What role do political parties play in Canadian
government?
  • MAJORITY when one party wins more than 50 of
    the seats in the House of Commons
  • MINORITY when one party has more votes than any
    other party, but does not receive more than 50
    of the seats in the House of Commons

5
Majority Governments
  • At the federal level, a party needs at least 155
    seats to be majority
  • Majority complete control
  • The agenda of the party in power is most
    important
  • Most stable form of government because elections
    only occur once every four years

6
Minority Governments
  • Minority balance of power
  • One party that has more seats than all other
    parties, but the other parties combined have more
    power
  • Party in power must work with the other major
    parties so that all agendas are treated equally
  • If the other parties lose faith in the party in
    power, they can basically overthrow them

7
Elected Officials
  • Once a candidate is elected, their job is to work
    with other MPs from their party to reach the
    goals of the party
  • Often, each MP from a party is given one
    particular topic to advocate for
  • Role changes depending on whether or not their
    party is in power

8
Smear Campaigns
  • Candidates often resort to slandering or
    attacking their competition
  • Political campaigns often become personal with
    candidates attempting to sabotage each other

9
Interest Groups
  • Groups of people who work together for one
    central cause
  • Often lobby the government for support for their
    causes
  • Interest groups are aware that one party may help
    their cause more so than any other, and they will
    campaign on behalf of that party

10
The Media
  • Often plays a large role in elections
  • The media has the power to sway people toward or
    away from a certain party
  • Is the media a positive or negative influence on
    Canadian elections?
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