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Powers of the Prime Minister, Continued

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Political Studies
POLS 375
Jason Zorbas

March 13, 2013 (Powers of the Prime Minister) March-13-13 9:35 AM Historical Checks - One of the checks on prime ministers, including foreign policy, was the convention of Cabinet solidarity. - Minister of External Affairs didn't exist until after King's cabinet. - Without cabinet solidarity, the prime minister usually wouldn't do anything. Today, the prime minister makes the calls… - Popular will ○ It still exists today, even with a majority government. ○ As such, one of the key checks is that he has to stay in tune with the majority of Canadians.  If he goes out of the safe zone, he risks being defeated. ○ Prime ministers tend to do crazy things when:  They know they are doomed.  They won't be running again. Provinces and the Courts - Provinces' ability to place a check on the feds is limited, but also powerful. - Provinces can actively campaign against or for certain foreign policy issues.
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