Principle of individual responsibility a Each minister is responsible to the

Principle of individual responsibility a each

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2.Principle of individual responsibility;
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a.ii.He is responsible for his work within his department and for the work of his whole department (anything that was done in his name).a.ii.1.A minister cannot name a public servant and accuse him of doing a bad job. The minister has to take responsibility for the work of his public servants.Monday October 17, 2011First among equals (definition of the PM) – false; suggests that the other members of Cabinet are equal, which hasn’t been the case for a very long timePrincipal-agent relation: The HofC is the principal and the Cabinet is the agentMinisters are still responsible of their own conduct, but there must be a direct involvement of the minister in the decision (should at least know about it) for him to be responsible.Minister’s individual accountability has increased because of the narrowing of departments.Collective responsibility in a majority government is fiction. It is almost impossible for the HofC to hold the government accountable when it has a majority.If a minister disagrees with the party line (the PM’s opinion), he can either resign or shut up. MPs usually prefer the second option.If you let it be known that you are against a policy but don’t resign, the PM will fire you.If the PM is embarrassed enough by the actions of a minister, then the minister will have to resign, otherwise he will get fired.Very different from the assumption that the HOUSE can hold a minister accountable;Very different from the assumption of individual responsibilityPublic servants are supposed to be anonymous; they are not even supposed to give testimonies before the HofC. Public servants are anonymous advisers and policy implementers. Ministers are not supposed to name/blame public servants.Cases: Chrétien (1970s) named a public servant and blamed him for some faux pas. The public servant sued Chrétien and won.You can talk about it and embarrass ministers, but there is nothing the HofC can do when governments have a majority. It is incredibly hard then for the HofC to hold the government accountable; you have to be an amazingly embarrassing minister to get fired under a majority government.Convention (unwritten, binding rule – agreed upon understanding):The convention of ministerial responsibility (collective/individual) is no longer part of our constitutions (according to Schultz). Functions: 1. Representation;
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