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The Game of Canadian Politics

In politics, you either play or get played. This module will describe how politics is very much a game, with rules, referees, winners, and losers! Students will be asked to think about the concept of power, and how it is won or lost in the Canadian political system.

Election systems and campaigns introduce the rules and structure for the game while Elections Canada plays the role of referee. A candidate winning a seat in parliament is compared with an Olympic athlete winning a gold medal. Political parties are the teams that compete to win the most seats and become the Government of Canada.

Students will reflect on and connect their learning through producing a short documentary of seven key moments in their own fictitious rise to power as a newly elected MP. This module makes it clear that a healthy and effective democracy needs engaged and knowledgeable citizens to make the game of democracy work.