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Lecture 9

PSCI 2003 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Backbencher, Focus Group, Ian Brodie


Department
Political Science
Course Code
PSCI 2003
Professor
J Malloy
Lecture
9

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The Executive
Competing Logic…
Debates & bills
Question Period
Party Discipline
Senate
Potential for greater representation
Potential for deadlock (Australia 1975)
1.Fusion vs. Separation of Powers
Parliamentary System:
Executive & legislature are fused together
PM & cabinet sit in Parliament- must have its confidence
Gov’t is powerful & accountable for that power
Separation of Powers (USA)
President & congress are separate; limits on each other’s power
“Checks and balances”
Risk of paralysis & blaming each other
2.Prime Ministers and Prime Ministerial Power
23 prime ministers
Powers of the Prime Minister
People
Ministers
Senior public servants
Senators, judges, GG, others
Policy
Cabinet & other decisions
Legislation, house affairs
Organization
Party
Caucus
Grassroots members
Campaign
Persuasion
Media
Diplomacy
Symbols
Harper Chiefs of Staff
Ian Brodie
Guy Giorno
Nigel Wright
Ray Novak
Trudeau PMO
Katie Telford- Chief of Staff
Gerald Butts- Principal Secretary
3.The Cabinet
Cabinet size increasing
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