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Development of Democracy

The title says it all.

Aashna Shawna

on 24 February 2011

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The Development of Democracy 390 BC: Athens Democracy was coined as a Greek term, meaning "ruled by the people" Ecclesia: popular assembly comes to listen, speak about and vote of major issues of the day Each citizen had RIGHTS, such as: All were considered worthwhile contributing members All were entitled to equal treatment and protection under the law All shared in the growth of Athens because they shared in its creation Each citizen had RESPONSIBILITIES, such as: To inform themselves To participate in government To commit to the improvement of Athens To work as a labourer or risk their life in battle 1250 AD: Magna Carta was signed Abolished Divine Right of Kings, which said that the monarchy's law cannot be questioned Magna Carta stated that NO ONE is above the law...not even monarchy John Locke's theory was introduced, which states: Individual Before Government Man is rational and should have natural rights Natural rights: Life, Liberty and Protection of Property Citizens and rulers should support abd protect each other Citizens had duty to overthrow government that was not working 1689: Glorious Revolution of King James English overthrew their monarch The people can affect how they are being led Mid- 1700s: Industrial Revolution 1689 Organized labour Urbanization Factory System Legalized Unions The people can control their working conditions 1774: The Quebec Act was passed Recognized French Civil Law
Allowed Roman Catholics to run for office 1776: American Revolution
Democracy in US 1838: Durham Report Written by Lord Durham
Two Colonies in one assembly
Represented by population
Responsible government accountable to the people 1864: George Brown states three main elements of the original union Democracy with monarchy at top (indpendent but different than American)
Federal and Provincial governments
Two houses
Lower (House of Commons) Elected by population
Distributed by representation by population Upper (Senate) Appointed 1867: British North American Act signed Federal Government
Criminal law
Foreign Affairs
Could cancel provincial laws if felt unfair Provincial Government Education
Civil law
Health 1919: Treaty of Versailles Canada signed as an independent nation ruled by Canadians and not Britain 1930: Great Depression Government realized it needed to provide for and protect all citizens
Abandoned laissez faire and started giving out financial aid 1960: Civil Rights Movement African-Americans into political mainstream
A group of people now with rights and power

1960: Feminist Movement Empowered women throughout world NOW: Technological Revolution People are more connected with rest of world
Media affects how leaders are seen and how governments communicate with their people 1931: Statute of Westminister signed Canada joined British Commonwealth
Established legislative equality in Canada 1982: Repatriation
Under PM Trudeau gov't
We can now change our own constitution Patriate: To bring government and decision-making powers under control of the people of a specific region or nation Late 1700s: French Revolution Democracy in France By Aashna, February 23 2011
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