Democracies, Canada, United States, federal states, government, similarity, differences
Canada and the United States have one primary similarity. They are both established as democracies. Additionally, they are both declared as federal states. However, there are numerous differences between the two. The primary difference is in the way the two conduct their government. Canada and America govern themselves in two completely different manners. (Weaver and Rockman).
[...] Elections and terms of office illustrate the fundamental differences between the two. Further research may illustrate more differences between the United States and Canadian government. Works Cited Keating, Michael. Comparative urban politics: Power and the city in the United States, Canada, Britain, and France. Aldershot, England: E. Elgar Lipset, Seymour Martin. Continental divide: The values and institutions of the United States and Canada. Psychology Press Weaver, R. Kent, and Bert A. Rockman, eds. Do institutions matter?: Government capabilities in the United States and abroad. Brookings Institution Press, 1993. [...]
[...] (Lipset) Members are elected to fixed terms in the United States. Both the members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the president are subject to this condition. The president serves for four years once elected. Senators serve for six years while the House of Representative members are elected for two years. (Lipset) Presidents can only be purged from their position by impeachment. (Lipset) The president, representatives, and senators are voted for different periods. The president's party is usually a member of the party with the minority in in the House of Representatives, Senate, or both. [...]
[...] Quebec, Manitoba, and New Brunswick could do the same, but they must keep English and French as primary languages as well. (Keating) There is also a second basic dissimilarity between the Canadian constitution and the United States of America's constitution. Canada is a constitutional monarchy. Meanwhile, the United States is a republic. (Lipset) This is more than a formal difference. Canada has a parliamentary- cabinet government. The United States have a presidential-congressional government. This causes multiple differences between the United States and Canada. The head of state and the head of government are basically the same in the United States. [...]
[...] The ministers could also be prevented from forcing the public into submission through a sequence of general elections. The United States' head of government cannot take the same action. There is only one president which serves both positions. (Keating) Additionally, the presidential-congressional government is rooted in the separation of powers. The United States president cannot be a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate. He cannot be a member of either body of Congress. (Weaver and Rockman) The president's cabinet is limited in the same manner. [...]
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