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Politics of West Canada
West Canada is a parliamentary republic with two chambers the House of Commons led by the Prime Minister and the House of Senators. The Commons, considered the lower chamber, is elected every five years unless a no-confidence motion is issued. The Commons has the final say on most issues and is the only chamber in which the federal budget goes through. There are 175 Members of the Commons. In the House of Senators, members are elected to one, ten year term were each province elects five senators. The senators are not recalled after a no-confidence motion. The overall majority of Senators are appointed by the Commons and the Prime Minister. Another three senators are each appointed from the devolved legislatures for a single five year term. Also to allow for cooperation with partners and former rulers the Senate allows from one appointed senator from West America, Polar Republic, the American Union Parliament, and the British Monarchy.
Political PartiesThere are three main political parties in the country the Conservative Party, Movement Party, and the Liberal Arts Party. The Conservative Party, still in the aftermath of two nearby progressive revolutions, is a center-right political party which forms the senior member of the current government coalition. The Movement Party is a progressive party associated with former revolutionary leaders and with many labour unions. The Liberal Arts Party, is a center to center-left party that promotes social liberalism when it comes to education and public works but takes a more centrist approach to other economic issues.
|Party||Spectrum||Leader||Seats in the House of Commons (175 in total)||Seats in the House of Senators (109 in total)||AU seats||AU Party||Seats in Alberta/Manitoba/Saskatchewan legislatures||local seats|
|Conservative Party||center-right||Ed Stelmach||81||50||10||American People's Party||39/19/32||2,289|
|Movement Party||progressivism, labour unions||Gary Doer||79||42||4||Social Democrats and Progressives||20/40/19||1,799|
|Liberal Arts Party||center (minor) , center-left||Raj Sherman||15||15||0||Union of Liberals and Democrats||9/5/10||688|
|Reform Party||Conservativism, Contiscepticism||Danielle Smith||0||2||0||American Conservatives and Reformers||1/1/1||100|
2006 General elections
In the wake of a revolution and the founding of a new country a new constitution was written by early politicians in the nations history, setting the frame work for elections. The on the back of a revolution the Movement Party wanted to set up a social democracy with free health care and a shared plan with the Liberal Arts Party, the Smart Persons Act, which would effectively subsidize college education for those who met a standard of low wealth and outstanding educational performance. Although politics had shifted more to the center, the Conservative Party was able to win the most seats, yet short of a majority, with 84 seats.
The Conservative Party wrote out a coalition with the more centrist Liberal Arts Party to form a government. Along in the coalition agreement it set up the Smart Persons Act, a Constitution, financial regulation, and in a tri-partisan agreement progressive taxation were the lowest level, 15%, was taxed on those making 20,000, and the richest at 36.9% at those making 378,500 or more. During a global recession the government took new public spending to hire unemployed workers, but it's implementation was questioned and it was reported only 30 people were hired. This was considered the New Spending Debacle which became an issue to ending the first government in a no-confidence motion, 90-85.
|Seats||Seats in the House of Commons (175 in total)||Elected Senators (15 in total)|
|Liberal Arts Party||16||0|
|Faction||Seats in the House of Commons (175 in total)||Seats in the Senate (100 in total)|
|Canadian Coalition - Government||100||60|
2010 General Election
With elections held a year early the coalition government was poised to lose seats. In a five week campaign the Movement Party tried to set out new social reforms like Universal Health Care (the previous government set up a private-public system, mostly public) and that they help write out the popular SPA. The coalition did lose some seats but were able to continue there government.
Since the election the Smart Persons Act was expanded into the National Education Service which nationalized the college level of education but allowed private schools to operate. The new jobs and teachers hired was able to lower unemployment rates to 7.5% were today the unemployment rate stays around.
|Party||Seats in the House of Commons (175 in total)||seat changes|
|Conservative Party||81||- 3|
|Movement Party||79||+ 4|
|Liberal Arts Party||15||- 1|
|Faction||Seats in the House of Commons (175 in total)||seat changes||Seats in the Senate (109 in toal)|
|Canadian Coalition - Government||96||- 4||65|
2006 AU elections
In the first general election, a coalition government was formed between the conservative and the liberal party showing the weakness of the conservative bloc in a traditionally conservative area. Still in an election mostly about protectionism and ideologies the Conservative Party won a slim majority of 8 AU seats. The Movement Party, a party which included some revolutionaries and Labour union leaders, was able to win five seats to the CP coalition partner's one seat.
American People's Party
|Movement Party||Social Democrats and Progressives||5|
|Liberal Arts Party||Union of Liberals and Democrats||1|
2011 American Union elections
The second AU elections for West Canada showed the strength of a more strong conservative and contisceptic bloc. Although the Reform Party was more contisceptic, the more moderate (on AU policy) was able to pick up two seats giving them 10 out of 14. Both the Movement and the Liberal Arts Party lost one seat, with the LAP losing their place in the West Canadian delegation and the Movement Party with four seats.
|Party||AU Party||Seats||Seat changes|
|Conservative Party||American People's Party||10||+ 2|
|Movement Party||Social Democrats and Progressives||4||- 1|