March 11, 2013
March-11-13 9:31 AM
The Prime Minister
- Powers of the PM
- Rise of Court Government and Foreign Policy Formulation
- Summit Diplomacy
- His power flows… not necessarily from the position of prime minister.
- His power flows from the simultaneous power of other institutions… that
basically result in an elected dictator.
- Because of the powers of the PM, their personality and priorities are important
determinates in Canadian foreign policy.
○ As a result, the prime minister has a personal stamp on foreign policy.
○ The longer they're prime minister, the stamps grow.
○ Because they can, the prime minister often brings their personal ideology
in foreign policy even if they are replacing someone.
○ In contrast with the Americans, you can see the shifts between presidents
and see overlap in foreign policy.
One of the reasons: Congress is tougher and the administrative
powers are weaker.
○ There is no check on the prime minister, while there is a check on the U.S.
president. The prime minister is the head of government and the head of
the legislative assembly (Parliament).
- Prime minister's power flows from multiple positions.
○ He is the head of Cabinet.
○ The prime minister has unilateral power to determine who he wants to be
in his Cabinet.
○ The only time this becomes an exception is maybe because they have a
minority government, or the person being removed