Comparison of Canada vs USA

Essay by effectz February 2005

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COMPARISON - Leaders voted in depending on political policies.- Term in office is 3-5 years long- Must be a member of a political party- Required to be, over age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and leader of a political party to become a Prime Minister- Can appoint Senate, governor-general, and justices for the Supreme Court.- Impeachment of Prime Minister is prohibited.- Prime Minister can hold office for more than 2 consecutive terms. - Leader chosen for personal policies, and not party policies.- Term in office is 4 years long; cannot serve more than 2 terms consecutively- President does not have to be a member of a political party- To be president, a person must be over 35, lived in the United States for 14 years, and MUST be born in the United States.- President holds power to veto laws.- President can be impeached- Represents the people

PROS - Allows choice between different political parties- Free election replaces leader and party every 5 years- Very little bureaucracy Government represents the people- Governor-general can call election if he/she feels government is unreliable.

- Prime Minister is responsible for his/her constituency and therefore can be voted out. - President chosen for personal policies, and not political policies.- Impeachment of President makes him/her more controllable.- Veto power held by president makes it harder for Congress to force a bill.- President can pick cabinet from anyone in U.S.A, whoever is best.- Neither side can force their will on the other group

CONS - Prime Minister holds too much power.- Party members follow party policies, and not necessarily the people- Minority government is very unstable.- Election campaigns cost money, and wealthy business owners can maneuver to gain a better position with the government. - Patronage appointments for senators.- Prime Minister can...