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Political Science
Peter Loewen

Thursday February1612 POL111 Lecture 7 Canada in a Comparative Perspective Classifying Types of Democracy o A government is the group of politicians who have executive authority to make decision and enforce laws Stephen harper has 31 cabinet ministers o The legislatures are people who make laws o The cabinet is within legislature in Canada o Concept of responsibleyou are responsible for your work and obligations in your life but there are people who we are responsible to ie You do the work for the prof he is resp to the deanwho you have to answer too Responsibility to and for Figure 111o Does the government depend on the legislature for its power and survival does it have to answer to the legislaturethis is the to part o Stephen harper relies on house of commons for his authority 3o We dont elect him directly so there is a parliamentary democracyo You can have systems where the government is respnocible to the president and the legislature Classifying Types of Democracyo What is meant by responsiblewhen you are responsible the other person has to have confidence in you ie You are responsible to the supervisor and they have confidence to you if you keep doing the jobo Legislative respthe legislature could remove its authority from the government to kill it which is the vote of nonconfidence it is a vote whether the legislature has faith in the govt which is resp to ito The govt in the US is the president legislature is the congress and it cant remove him the president is answerable to the people since he is elected by them The legislature can say if they have faith or not in the govtIs there an independently elected presidento It is necessity but not sufficient for a presidential regime is the govt also resp to the president o in france there is a government it is a cabinet drawn from a legislature and they can dismiss them and the leader could 1
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