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October 10, 2019 House of Commons & the Senate
Responsible government Governor General acts on the advice of a Prime Minister having the confidence of the elected legislature Challenge for person who wishes to be Prime Minister Maintaining confidence of House
Ways to maintain confidence Early: patronage Later: discipline political parties
Parliament Buildings
Roles of House of Commons Law-making Special role with respect to money bills Holding Executive Accountable Representation of constituents Limited policy role Legitimation
Powers of House and Senate Same power in law making process Exceptions: Money bills Constitutional amendments Different political power House of Commons is the “confidence house” Only House can defeat a government
Responsible government Accountability of executive branch to elected legislature
Accountability of Executive to House of Commons Daily Question Period Speech from the Throne Budget Speech Estimates Process Officers (Agents) of Parliament
Votes of Confidence Government must maintain “confidence” of the House of Commons If government defeated, PM either asks for dissolution or resigns to make way for another leader to form a government Votes of confidence: speech from throne; budget; or specific non-confidence motions

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