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POLI 222
Christa Scholtz

ER 16: The Rise of Court Government in Canada (Donald J. Savoie) • war years strengthened the prestige and power of Cabinet at the expense of Parl. • Parl. has become less prominent place for major pol. announcement and debate ◦ continuing decline • effective power no longer resides with the PM acting in concert with his "elected Cabinet colleagues" • effective power resides with PM and small group of carefully selected courtiers ◦ key advisors ◦ senior cabinet ministers ◦ carefully chosen lobbyists ◦ pollsters ◦ friends in court ◦ some senior public servants • change was gradual ◦ public debate was too focused on actual or proposed const. changes and not on the internal machinery of gov't • power no longer flows from ministers, but from the PM, and unev
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