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A four-part video kit that details the various levels of government in Canada and outlines the Canadian parliamentary system of governement. The titles are: Democracy at Work - It's Your Choice: The democratic process is a way to make decisions based on the choice of the largest number of people, the majority. We have the right to criticize our governement and challenge our laws in court. The program shows how students can exercise these privileges by becoming informed and involved citizens (24 min. 45 sec.); Our National Parliament - The Inside Story: A parliamentary page opens up the doors and reveals the daily routine of government on the job of making and carrying out laws (31 min. 5 sec.); The Constitution - The Law of the Land: Since the Fathers of Confederation signed the Constitution Act (British North America Act) in 1867, the Constitution has continued to evolve with the changing needs of the country. New laws, court decisions and precedents have all been added to the "official rule book" with the courts acting as referees in the process. This production traces Canada's constitutional development (28 min. 11 sec.); and Local and Provincial Governments - Working Together. The structure of provincial and municipal governments is explained and a local issue is used to show how individuals can get involved and exercise their civic responsibilities (37 min. 4 sec.).

1991, 120 min 21 s

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