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Power at the Apex - Donald Savoie

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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 221
Rick Schultz

Power at the Apex Executive Dominance Donald Savoie Power is concentrated in hands of the PM and Cabinet o Hand of the PM has been considerably strengthened 1976 election to the office of the PQgave rise to court government A provincial party committed to taking Quebec out of Canada PM needs to keep the country together because theyre the first to blame should it separate PCO for new ministers makes it clear that the PM has direct responsibility for the conduct of federalprovincial relations These now cover virtually every aspect of the federal govts decisionmaking processProvincial premiers have direct access to the PM and do not hesitate to pursue an issue with him Should he decide to support the Premier the issue is brought to the centre of government in Ottawa for resolution Media can turn any issue into an important file When this happens theres no distinction made between policy and administration A file that gets media attention the PM will want to oversee Since Trudeau PMs have made themselves into TV personalities however the opposite for Cabinet ministers The objective of national political parties at electio
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