Legislative Process (Schwartz)
Objective of the course:
Most law in Manitoba is made by the Legislatures, not the courts. The objective of the course is to develop an appreciation of how bills and regulations and other legislative instruments are created. This understanding is aimed to make students both more informed citizens and to equip them as practising lawyers to advocate effectively for a client when the best path to success is to secure a favourable enactment rather than adjudicative decision.
Attendance: MANDATORY. More than two classes missed without a reasonable excuse means an automatic ceiling of D on the final grade.
Topics to be covered:
- Why procedure matters.
- The law of the legislative assembly and the constitutional framework.
- Small p parliamentary procedure -Roberts Rules of Order-mock faculty council meeting.
- Large P parliamentary procedure -mock House of Commons meeting.
- Voting system reform -Counting Canadians.