Lost Alternatives, Future Options: Bicameralism and the Patterns of Political Structuring in Canada
Possibilités perdues, options futures : Le bicaméralisme et les modèles de structuration politique au Canada
Using bicameralism as an example, this presentation demonstrates how the dynamics of exit and voice have produced an imbalance of shared-rule and self-rule within the architecture of Canadian federalism over time. To that end, the presentation re-examines the long-term impact of key historical developments in the decades after 1867. This historical reconstruction will help to assess how the « heavy hand of history » has shaped remaining pathways of reform and, therefore, the prospects for re-balancing shared-rule and self-rule in Canadian federalism.