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Political Spectrum

Part A- Identification

In this section, explain the differences between each part of the political spectrum by listing some of the points under each side in the chart. Also, identify at least one political party that represents that side of the spectrum. Check your answers at the end.


  Centre                                Right                                   

















Part B- Discussion

With a friend or classmate, choose any of the following issues and debate them. Change the debate by choosing a side of the spectrum from which to argue. For example, if you were arguing tax cuts and you chose to represent the right side of the spectrum, you would be for them. Try to focus on the WHY, WHO IS AFFECTED and HOW questions regarding each issue.


 Health Care
 Tax Cuts
 Military Spending
 Foreign policy (our relations with other countries)
 Immigration policy
 Education
 Spending for amateur athletes (those who go to the Olympics)
 French-English relations
 American influence in Canada- look at economic and cultural

Answers to Political Spectrum



  Centre                                Right                                   

-social programs
- money being spent on the poor
- higher taxes or keep the same
- more breaks for small business
- more money for education and health care
- cultural spending: more grants for artists and athletes
- more individual rights
- looser immigration policies
- rehabilitation of criminals, not punishment
- environmental protection at any cost
- pro-choice on abortion

- military spending
- cuts to any social programs
- aggressive foreign policy
- more American influence
- censorship of ANY kind

- limited spending
- an equal balance of spending for business and for the people
- lowering taxes
- limited military spending
- a peaceful foreign policy, especially with America
- equal opportunity for all businesses by helping small business but not hurting big business
- an accepting immigration policy but not an encouraging one

- over spending in any areas of policy
- over commitment of Canadian forces in foreign policy
- strict criminal policy
- high or low taxes
- harsh rehabilitation for criminals
- only benefits for the traditional family

- military spending
- lower taxes
- tax cuts for big business
- privatization, less government involvement
- less money for health care and education
- stiffer immigration policies
- more American influence
- equal opportunity for all businesses
- strict criminal law
- censorship
- the traditional family
- harsher penalties for criminals
- pro-life on abortion

- money for social programs
- higher taxes
- limited military spending
- extension of individual rights
- higher taxes
- excess money for the environment



Parties:NDP, Communist, Green, Natural Law, Democrats (USA)


Parties: Liberal 

Parties: Alliance, Progressive Conservatives (P.C.), Republicans (USA), Christian Heritage,


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