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What section of the Constitution deals with Federal government powers?
(91 - 9 is Sable Island)
What section of the Constitution deals with provincial government powers?
What are the 3 rules of responsible government?
- 1. The government must maintain confidence of Parliament
- 2. Ministers must assume responsability for their departments
- 3. Ministers must take collective responsability for the decisions they make. (If they cannot support the decision, they must resign)
What are the 2 principles laid out in the Constitution Act of 1867?
- 1. Responsible Government
- 2. Federalism
What kind of rules are the 3 rules of responsible government?
What are the 5 considerations when a Prime Minister is choosing the cabinet?
- 1. Linguistic considerations
- 2. Provincial representation
- 3. Other groups such as minorities women etc.
- 4. Party harmony - giving former PC leader Peter MacKay a good position keeps him from speaking against the party direction.
- 5. Merritt
What are the stages in which a bill typically goes through?
- 1. First reading
- 2. Second reading
- 3. Committee stage
- 4. Report stage
- 5. Third reading
- 6. Same procedures in the Senate
- 7. Royal ascent.
How many members to a standing comittee and what parties?
12 members drawn from the house with the proportionate amount of party members as in the house
What was the precursor to the reform party / Canadian Alliance and what year was this party founded?
- Social Credit Party - (1935)
- Reform (1987)
- Canadian Alliance (2000)
- Conservative Party (2003)
What was the precursor to the NDP and what year was this party founded?
Co-operative Commonwealth federation (CCF) - 1933
What 2 parties joined to form the progressive Conservative party and when where these 2 parties founded?
- 1. Conservative party (1867)
- 2. Progressive party (1921)
Progressive Conservative (1942)
What is ideological pragmatism?
A party that compromises their political beliefs to compete for the majority of votes in the centre
What's the difference between the cabinet and the ministry?
The ministry includes the ministers of state whereas the cabinet only includes the PM and the ministers.
What is the hierarchy of a department?
- Parliament - Minister (elected)
- Deputy minister - Associate deport Minister - Directors - civil servants of various ranks (non- elected)
How does cabinet work? (3 +)
- 1. Ministers will present a policy idea to cabinet through a "memorandum to cabinet".
- 2. Cabinet will direct it to the appropriate sub committee for further consideration.
- 3. When a committee makes a determination, it brings it to the full cabinet for final approval. Whether it is accepted or rejected will be noted in a "record of decision"
*** the whole process is coordinated by the PCO
What are the 4 "levels" of bills? For lack of a better term
- 1. Private bills (bank) and public bills
- 2. Private members bills and government bills
- 3. Non money bills (criminal) and money bills
- 4. Ways and means bills (taxation) and supply bills (spending)
Where does the PM sit in Parliament?
To the right of the speaker and directly opposite of the leader of the official opposition