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1ECON3340 Topic B.2Producing Deliverable Public Policy
2Key Principles The cabinet and the public service are the primary instruments for coordinating the development and implementation of public policyCoordination 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”
3The 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
4Cabinet of CanadaPrime Minister of Canada: The Ministry
5The 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 governmentAs 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
6Cabinet CommitteesResponsible for helping to coordinate policies and programsAllocate human and financial resourcesSet priorities and directions for government in various areas of policyAssist in decision makingCabinet Committee Mandate and Membership