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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 9- individuals must vote along party lines- us vs them has really strengthened the executive- difficult to argue that HOC has the power to hold the government accountable- life of member of parliament is not a happy life o high turnover of members o well entrenched executives and rookie mps- ex. 2010 budget bill o received 7 days of debate in HOC, debate in finance committee no amendments- governments announce time considerations for debates in HOC- STRONG EXECUTIVE SYSTEM OF GOVERNEMENT- This however does not mean that the house of commons is not irrelevant o Even of its limited powers a popularly elected legislature is necessary for the legitimacy of government Why we obey the laws Symbolic importance o Limited in positive power Difficult to hold executive accountable o Does have negative power Time is valuable in politics HOC has power to delay legislation, which can frusterate government Filibusters o Mps do matter, not as legislators, but as constituency representatives Link between the problem of their constituence and a large impersonal government...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course POLI 221 taught by Professor Rickschultz during the Spring '11 term at McGill.
- Spring '11