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LLG51M1 Oral Politics vocabulary Week 3

Word Definition
Parliamentary democracy (Canada) The party with the greatest
representation in the parliament
(legislature) forms the government. The
leader becomes prime minister.
Prime Minister (Canada) Head of the government of Canada.
Chosen by the Governor General on
behalf of the monarch. Leader of the
party that is the majority.
Constitution Act (1867) (Canada) Created the Dominion of Canada
Governor General (Canada) Represents the Queen in Canada.
Federal Republic (US) A federation of states with a republican
form of government (the country is
governed by elected representatives and
by an elected leader, not a king/queen)
President (US) Head of the executive branch. Lives in
the White House. In charge of enforcing
laws. Head of state and Commander-in-
Executive branch (US) Made up of the President, the Vice-
President, and the Presidents cabinet.
Legislative branch (US) Made up of the House of Representatives
and the Senate (which together form the
United States Congress). This branch has
the power to pass laws, declare war, they
have investigative powers (they can
investigate), etc.
Judicial branch (US) Members of chosen by the President and
confirmed by the Senate. The courts
(federal, local, Supreme Court). Interpret
the law. (Supreme Court part of this)
Constitution (1787) (US) The supreme law of the U.S.A. Protects
the rights of U.S. citizens.
Declaration of Independence (1776) When the 13 original colonies declared
(US) they were independent from British rule