edited Topic B.2, The Canadian Factor.PPT - ECON3340 Topic B.2 Producing Deliverable Public Policy 1 Key Principles The cabinet and the public service

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1 ECON3340 Topic B.2 Producing Deliverable Public Policy
2 Key Principles The cabinet and the public service are the primary instruments for coordinating the development and implementation of public policy Coordination is closely related to the principles of “collective ministerial responsibility”. According to this principle, Cabinet ministers are responsible for the policies and management of the government The cabinet must resign if it loses the confidence of the legislature. Individual ministers must in public, support the decisions of the cabinet, acting as a collectivity, so as to maintain at least the appearance of “cabinet solidarity”
3 The Cabinet The prime minister (or a provincial premier) and their cabinet colleagues possess the power and responsibility for making and implementing public policy. They determine the political and policy parameters within which the participants in the political system interact The cabinet provides the general framework of policies for which public servants must devise programs and for which resources must be allocated to the many departments and agencies
4 Cabinet of Canada Prime Minister of Canada: The Ministry
5 The Prime Minister The prime minister is much more than “first among equals” in relation to cabinet. In fact, it is often suggested that the prime minister’s power has been aggrandized to the point where Canada has “prime ministerial” rather than cabinet government As chair of cabinet, the prime minister is the key actor in the central policy-making and coordinating institution of government but requires cabinet colleagues and central agencies to assist in directing the activities of government
6 Cabinet Committees Responsible for helping to coordinate policies and programs Allocate human and financial resources Set priorities and directions for government in various areas of policy Assist in decision making Cabinet Committee Mandate and Membership
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