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University of Guelph
Political Science
POLS 2250
Tim Mau

January 30, 2013 – POLS 2250 – T. Mau Government Departments - most stringent accountability o minister – political head  each minister is responsible for administrative matters within their own departments  individual and collective ministerial responsibility o deputy minister – career public servant; administrative head - legal definitions provided in financial administration act and public service employment act - J.E. Hodgetts – “an administrative unit comprising one or more organizational components over which the minister has direct management and control” – his definition of a government department - Power of primes minister – public service rearrangement and transfer of duties act - Major reorganizations in 1930s, 40s, 60s, and 1990s o Minister ultimately has direct management control over its operations o In theory, a government department can only be established by an act of parliament o Realistically It’s the executive or PM that has that power at his or her own disposal Creation of a Government Organization - can occur in one of four ways: o specific act – eg. department of agriculture, and Agri-food act; department of Canadian heritage act o omnibus act – (massive piece of legislation that e
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