American and Canadian Governments


Both American and Canadian system of government is democratic, but is one any more democratic than the other? Through the examination of both governmental systems one may find that the all-American, all-democratic government may actually be more of a government for the people, one that they may safe-guard, in more of a sure way against corruption and deception among leaders within the system.


In the American governmental system they have a system of cheques and balances. This system involves the three branches of government, the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial. Each of the three branches of government acts as a check on the freedom of the others.[1] The President of the United States is the person who commands, and in a sense, leads the armed forces, however, only the Congress, the legislative branch of the American government may declare war or vote money for troops. All bills that are passed by Congress must be signs and approved by the President before they become law. However, the Congress may override any vetos made by the President by attempting to pass the same bill for a second time. In doing this they need to achieve two-thirds majority in each house. Congress also has the political power to disallow voting involving money to be given to or required by the President for the implementation of government policies. The duty of the Supreme Court in the United States is to interpret the Constitution. The Supreme Court may “check”[2] both the Executive (the President) and Legislative (the Congress) branches. They may do this by declaring a law unconstitutional. However, with the approval of the Senate, new judges may be appointed by the President and existing judges may be impeached by the House of Representatives. This method of Cheques and balances ensures less corruption. In the Canadian governmental system it is not as complicated; also not as democratic. In Canada if one person disagrees with the majority, or the Prime Minister and his/her leaders, they may face being let got, hence, the method used in the United States is more democratic.


The length of the term that the leader of the nation holds is also a determinant in how democratic a nation is. In the United States the President serves a term of two years. In Canada there is a democratic election every four years. Since the President of the US generally serves a shorter term, giving the people a chance to vote democratically more frequently it gives the people of the nation more of a vote which allows for more of a democratic governmental system. In Canada the span between election dates does not allow for a government to be voted out of power, even when the people, the ones who matter the most in a democratic nation, become distraught with governmental leaders and methods. The more frequent people of a nation are able to vote the more democratic a nation will become.


The American governmental system is more democratic than the Canadian system of government. When cheques and balances and the span between democratic elections in each nation were examined I concluded that the American system was less corrupt and thus more democratic of a system of government. Democracy is about giving the people more of a choice, more of a voice, and the American governmental system does just this. Canada may have had more respectful leaders; however, the United States of American has its people more involved in its democracy.




[1] Ideologies. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 1992. P.60


[2] Ideologies. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 1992. P60.