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POLS 2910May 21stLecture: Executive Branch: Organization and Legal Authority-Constitution Act of 1867has a specific language-Privy Council= Cabinet is the active part of the Pricy Council-Also includes as honorary members all past Cabinet Ministers and various othersappointed by the Governor General on the advice of the PM (Conrad Black, Ed Broadbent) -Elements of Executive Branch;-Monarch, Governor General/Lt Governor-Cabinet (political executive)-Public Administration (permanent executive)-Jobs and Appointment;-Governor general = appointed by the Queen on recommendation of Canadian PM-Role of Governor General = acting head of state, commander in chief of armed forces-Largely ceremonial but key constitutional role; ensuring a government in place to advise him or her-Active role: when unclear who should form government after an election or after a defeat of government in the House of Commons-Political Executive/Cabinet =-PM is a member of-Does not have an independent base for legal authority-Has to come from the legislature-Statutory powers = authority delegated by Parliament through statute-

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