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Dividing Powers

What do these countries have in common?
  • Canada, India, United States, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland

Canada is a federal state. That means that there are two different levels of government. Each level has different powers that allow that government to control certain areas.
  1. Create a small group.
  2. In your group, think of all the different things that governments do. Make a list of all those things.
  3. Which of those things are necessary for the whole nation to run well?
  4. Which would be better left to the choices of the provinces or cities?
  5. Based on this, separate your big list into two smaller lists, one for the country, one for the provinces.