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Canada's Parliament for Blockheads

The Canadian Parliamentary system is a complex system that evolved over time. It's really tough to explain to most people, but this is your job. Explain the Canadian Parliament and how it work to an average Canadian.

You need to explain the role of:

  1. the House of Commons/Members of Parliament,
  2. or the Senate/Senators,
  3. or Cabinet Ministers,
  4. or the Prime Minister,
  5. or the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition,
  6. or the Governor General,
  7. or the Queen,

Using a comic making service such as those listed here or your own natural drawing abilities if you want, build a comic that explains the function of one of these institutions or people.

Your comic should

  1. have 6 panels.
  2. be colorful (if possible).
  3. clearly and concisely explain your topic even for the simplest minds. (This is the really big one!)
  4. be mildly and appropriately humorous (while still being respectful).


Other useful links:

  1. Canada's Parliament
  2. Parliament Hill
  3. Prime Minister's Website
  4. Governor General's Website
  5. Constitutional Convention
  6. Senate (Wikipedia)
  7. Senate Divisions
  8. The Monarchy (the Queen)
  9. Cabinet Ministers
  10. House of Commons: Wikipedia
  11. House of Commons: Canadian Encyclopedia
  12. FAQs about the Senate
  13. FAQs about the House of Commons
  14. The Official Opposition


 Marks  6  7  8  9  10
 Criteria 6 on topic panels Basic explanation of government job. Explanation shows how the job fits in Parliamentary system Explanation shows how job serves Canadians Explanation shows relevance to today.
Colorful (as appropriate, attractive, neat, tidy.  Where does job happen How does this job relate to other parliamentary jobs? How does the job set the agenda for Canadian society? How do ceremonial jobs affect us today?
 Well organized  How does someone get the job?     Why does the job matter? Why not?

James Dykstra,
Mar 26, 2015, 11:46 AM