Has the power of shifted from cabinet to the PM The cabinet is not a sufficient

Has the power of shifted from cabinet to the pm the

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Questions: do we continue to have collective government? Has the power of shifted from cabinet to the PM The cabinet is not a sufficient check on the PM Mulroney liked one on one contact, Cretienne did not have good designs and let his ministers alone, Harper was very ambitious and used the PMS office to exert power Rely on ambiguity and newspaper articles, but Schultz thinks there is a centralization of power- PMO and privy council office Privy council was more important in the past Starting the 1990s the PMO became more central The title of the clerk in the privy council is secretary of the cabinet but some of these men self describe as PMs aide
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Collective vs. monocratic A continuum Collective cabinets and monocratic prime minister Powers of th PM Buttressed by two central agencies- PMO and Privy Three sources of pm power- command of the majority in the HOC, command of a political party, command of the executive Leader centric parties Thatcher did so poorly in her party caucus that she resigned Before trudeau J., there were not a lot of full cabinet meetings ut now he says that he will have them Trudeau is decreasing his own power by using self caution Source of prime ministerial power Known as the boss Also the master of cabinet During the deficit, the PM threatened to fire random leakers Decides who to speak Sums up the sense of the meeting The meeting could go one way but the PM could determine otherwise PM determines cabinet structure Decides who’s on committees, and who’s on the chairs so they see themselves as reps of the PM Sole source of advice on the governor general Controls the organization of government, ex. When the dept. of communication was abolished Becomes the primary person who deals with the media Pm is the most important person in dealing with the provinces Things are not finalized until the PM says so Ambassadors are appointed by the PM Pm decides deputy ministers, clerk of the privy council, appoints chief justices for the superior courts, chief of defense, heads of crown corporations like the CBC, directors of crown appointments Pm and advisors determine electoral strategy When the opposition members are weak, this makes the PM stronger Constraints Time Too much time and commands, Pm cannot attend to every issue Around 1962 we survived a cabinet revolt Loss of party organization became an issue and martin went around cretienne and cretienne resigned Major disasters throw the PM off
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Centre of blame Post 1982- the courts have become very influential check on gov’t Power of the premiers, they can act as a constraint The premiers can gang up on the P Has little in the way of institutional check in order to get his way All constraints are not intuitional checks- Canadian pm is the most powerful pm in the world Nov 7/16 Federalism: Second Pillar of our system of government is Federalism
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