Sep 30 2013
I. Prime Minister
III. Central Agencies
-TBS - Inter-govt affs
- PM: authority and power within prime minister.
- However potential impediments to parliament such as a minority government therefore
opposition party controls parliamentary committees.
- Another party might be dominating the senate, despite a majority govt.
- May face revolt from cabinet
- The courts: if laws/ regulations violate charter of rights and freedoms/ constitution
- Courts: ruling on the federal principle
- PM Powers undermine legislative branch and individual MP’s.
- Although we have principle of responsible legislature this is subverted by the presence
of strong party systems.
- What keeps parties together is patronage
- Drawbacks to democratic theory in Canada:
- Immense concentration of power in the hands of 1 power.
- Outcome of parliamentary debates are predetermined
- party discipline a draw back
- Cabinet solidarity: government can only have one position
- The advantages to this system is that the government is a strong centralized system.
Means no grid lock like the US.
II. How Cabinet Works:
- Members of cabinet selected by prime minister. Members are collectively and
individually responsible for parliament.
- Can appoint whoever he wants but there are conventions that influence these
- Size for cabinets?--> up to PM no particular size.
- How does PM run its cabinet until 1940s cabinet had no agenda, PM would just call a
meeting and bring out issues. They can run their cabinets their own way.
- The Departmentalist Cabinet (p.97):
Departmentalism Cabinet (Picture 1)
- Problem: Strong M’s can dominate the cabinet. Cabinet