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Accountability/The Senate

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Political Science
POLI 221
Rick Schultz

October 3Government of CanadaAccountabilityHoC doesnt play an effectivemeaningful role in most instances for holding the government accountable o Result of strong party discipline o Heavily centred parliamentary executive systemEx 2010 budget billconserve Introduced 904 page 24 sections and 2200 clauses 7 days of debate 8 days of hearings Completed in one day passed without amendments HoC is not reviewing the legislationneeds to be two days of debate there was only one Not holding accountable o HoC is not completely irrelevantPopularly elected legislature is necessary for an effective government Necessary to earn our consent o Limited in positive power very difficult to hold govt accountable and get a response from them o Time is one of the scarcest commodities in polticsif hoc can talk and delay things that can frustrate governments derail the governments control of time o MPsthey do matter regardless of their amount of powersnot as legislatures but as ombudspersons theyre the link in dealing with a la
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