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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

CANADA’S PARLIAMENT
 THE PART OF GOVERNMENT THAT

MAKES LAWS
 Has two components!

TWO COMPONENTS
 House of Commons - Lower House  Senate - Upper House

LOWER HOUSE
House of

Commons The major law making body. Made up of elected MP’s.

MP RESPONSIBILITIES
They debate the laws

MP RESPONSIBILITIES
Study the laws

introduced in committee stage

MP RESPONSIBILITIES
 Vote on laws called

BILLS.

MP RESPONSIBILITIES

Made up of elected MP’s (Members of Parliament) from across Canada. MP’s are elected by people living within their riding. Blaine Calkins (Wetaskiwin)

MP RESPONSIBILITIES
They represent the

riding that elected them.

SENATE

SENATE - UPPER HOUSE
 The Senate are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.  There are 104 men and women sitting in the Senate.  Usually the appointment is a reward for service to the country.  A Senator must retire at age 75 years of age or when they miss two consecutive sessions of Parliament.  The person must be at least 30 years of age and must have real estate worth $4,000.  The Senator must live in the province or territory for which they are appointed.

SENATE - RESPONSIBILITIES
Represent the interests and rights of Canada’s

regions, and especially Canada’s minorities.
They can initiate bills, except bill providing for

spending of public money or imposing taxes.

SENATE - RESPONSIBILITIES
 The Senate’s job is to give “second thought” to

a bill.
 The Senate has the right to amend (change) or

reject any bill as often as it sees fit.

SENATE - RESPONSIBILITIES
 They pretty much do what the House of Commons

does all over again.  Read/debate the bill three times  Between the second and third reading take the bill to committee  When bill is passed in the Senate it goes to the GG for Royal Assent.  Royal Assent is the name for the method by which any constitutional monarch formally approves an act of his or her nation's parliament, thus making it a law or letting it be known as law.

CRITICAL THINKING
 Many Canadians feel the Senate should be abolished

(done away with) and, or replaced with a Triple E Senate.  The Triple-E Senate is a proposed variation of reform to the current Canadian Senate, calling for senators to be elected to exercise effective powers in numbers equally representative of each province  What does Triple E Senate represent?  Should we consider this change and why?  Ask your parents their feelings on the Senate? Why do they have these feelings about the Senate?