Week 2 Defining Canada

Examples include automotive parts manufacturers

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Examples include: Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association of Canada , Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canadian Association of Retired People.
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Why Learn About Interest Groups? The ability of interest groups to channel information is actually an important part of representative government. It is important to understand why interest groups exist, what they do, how they do it and how they relate to other institutions and groups because of their ability to affect changes in policy.
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Four Features of Interest Groups 1. Multi-member organizations 2. Membership is voluntary 3. Highly dependent upon the active involvement of their members 4. Have a narrow focus of concern
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Why do Interest Groups Try to Influence Public Policy? Public policy development and legislation is a public process. Legislation is tabled in the house or legislature, and is debated in committees. The object of a government relations specialist is in introduce his opinions and thoughts into this process, often prior to it becoming debated in the public realm. This can be targeted at many different entities in government.
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Targets for Policy Debate Cabinet Individual Elected Officials Political Parties Public Servants Voters Media
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How Interest Groups Operate Interest groups use a great deal of money and resources to effect public policy change. These dollars are derived from two sources. Donations and grants from their members or monies from the broader community. Government support, through tax deductions or otherwise.
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How Interest Groups Operate They directly lobby government on an almost daily basis. They contribute to the making and implementing of public policy. They are viewed by governments in general as spokespeople for a segment of the electorate. Whether you know it or not, some interest group is speaking for you.
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The Lobbyist http://
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The best approach to lobbying Draw attention to elements of public policy that are inconsistent with prior commitments or policies of the government. Draw attention to elements of public policy that are consistent with prior commitments of policies of the government. Persuade government so soften the impact of legislation that will damage or destroy the business of the industry in question. Good lobbying also has a polling element attached as well.
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The Case Origins of Fiscal Stability in Canada: The Bank Act of 1871
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From the Case “The domestic regulation of banking systems in most countries has gradually become modified and extended to cover the growing complexity of the economy, especially with the emergence of consumer credit and widespread home ownership. The enormous growth in global trade and investment also required the expansion of government oversight and international cooperation on financial governance.” Origins of Financial Stability in Canada: The Bank Act of 1871 by Robert M. Macintosh
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History of Banking Banks have been around for thousands of years.
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