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. Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006
This easy-to-understand book is written as though it was a school report given by two young students named Nathan and Zoe.
Nathan and Zoe begin by explaining how our government is organized in three tiers, Municipal, Provincial/Territorial and Federal. The role of the Prime Minister, Governor General and the Monarch are also discussed. Readers will learn why we have a monarch, about the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The chapters on what happens during an election and voting procedures will be very useful to students in the upcoming federal election. Nathan and Zoe detail what is involved in being elected as a Member of Parliament, what happens on Election Day and what happens when Parliament begins.
The book is well organized with a table of contents and an index. There is no glossary, but any unknown terms are explained in the body of the text. The book's organization makes it easy to use only those sections relevant for a particular situation - Government, Parliament, Elections, or how a Bill gets passed into law.
The illustrations, drawn by the author, add some humour and will appeal to the intended audience. There are many black-and-white photographs interspersed with the text, each with informative captions.
Who Runs This Country, Anyway? will be a welcome resource for younger students learning about our form of government.
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