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Posted by Ashley on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 4:00pm.

Western democracies are referred to as representative democracies. They share a common ideology. However, when they transform theory into practice, differences occur. One important difference is a matter of emphasis. Should a system emphasize liberal or responsible principles? The United States, like most presidential systems, emphasizes liberal ideals. Their system has more checks on government power based on fear of excessive government control of society. Canada, like most parliamentary systems, emphasizes the principles of responsible government. The Canadian system is more effective in expressing the will of the people by allowing government (especially majority government) to govern with relatively fewer checks or hindrance from balancing power.

Are they asking which is better Canada or the US? Because Canada has a parliamentary government and US has a presidential so there is always the chance of a dicatorship occuring in the US?

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