Vladimir Putin

Copps, Sheila

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Criticism as the principal function of the Opposition. The role of criticism, and the role of a vigorous Opposition in parliament. Opposition in an historical context. The legitimacy of adversarial politics as recognized by both Diefenbaker and Pearson. A look at the operation of party discipline. The speaker as a supporter of the party system in preference to the group system. The parliamentary system. A discussion of each system. Some remarks on aggressive Opposition. The free trade deal. Economic and social policy. An appeal to the audience to become involved in politics.