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Imagine that the Governor General has called an election and the future of Canada is at stake. This is a perfect opportunity to take matters into your own hands and start your own political party. Where do you start? You have lofty goals to guide debate in Parliament, engage with Canada's constitutional legacy, and develop new policies and laws. Let the election race begin!
In a democracy, political positions are often symbolically arranged on the "left," "right," or "centre." What does this mean? What political parties or world leaders would fall under each category?
Your challenge: In groups of four to five students, you will design a political party representing one of the three political positions above. You must reflect this position in all of your party platforms, speeches, and policies. To begin, decide on the following:
An important aspect of each political party is to develop goals for governing. These goals respond to the concerns and priorities of a wide range of citizens. Your task is to poll Canadians on what they think are important issues that should be addressed. This will give you an idea of which topics to put at the forefront of your political campaign.
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