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Law 12: Ch3

Government & Statute Law

TermDefinition
unitary system a one-level system of government
federal system a two-level system of government
residual power federal responsibility to make laws in legislative areas not assigned to the provinces
intra vires within the power of government to pass laws
ultra vires beyond the power of government to pass laws
Statute of Westminster legislation passed in Britain that extended Canada's law-making powers (1931)
civil liberties basic individual rights protected by law, such as freedom of speech
patriate to bring legislative power under the authority of the country to which it applies
amending formula procedure for changing the Constitution
executive branch the administrative branch of government responsible for carrying out the governments plans and policies (PM and Office)
legislative branch the branch of government that has the power to make, change and repeal laws
judiciary the branch of government responsible for presiding over Canada's court system
bill proposed legislation
private members bill legislation proposed by an MP who is not in the cabinet
government or public bill legislation proposed by a cabinet minister
lobby group people who try to influence legislators in favour of their cause
principle of equalization Section 36 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which provides for equal access to essential services for all Canadians
Created by: slslozzy