member of a political party A political party is an organization of individuals with the same set of goals and beliefs Some MPs are not part of a political party and are called independent A candidate for a seat is said to be elected by acclamation if he or she has no opponents for the seat
Members of the same political party sometimes hold private meetings called a caucus to discuss issues and come up with a consistent policy or plan Solidarity, where every member agrees to the same idea in public, is an important sign of political strength The Party Whip (a member of the political party) is responsible for encouraging all members of the political party to vote the same. Sometimes political parties allow a Free Vote . This allows political party members to vote according to their own beliefs rather than their party’s position.
“ Government Party ”: Refers specifically to all members of the political party that won the federal election and hold the most power in the House in Commons The Prime Minister would be the leader of this group “Opposition”: All parties that did not win the election. Official Opposition is the political party that finished second in the election and is responsible for challenging the ideas of the party in power. Debates between the Government Party and the Opposition are controlled by the Speaker (selected from within the House of Commons)
Governmen t Party Official Opposition Opposition
The Cabinet (a part of the Executive Branch) will be appointed from the House of Commons by the Prime Minister Concerns about patronage A backbencher is a MP who is not part of the Cabinet nor part of the Opposition Basically, another term for Government Party member During the creation of laws, a Private Member’s Bill would be a proposed law presented by an MP (or member of the Senate) not part of the Cabinet .
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Also referred to as the “Upper House” Governor General appoints Senators based on who the Prime Minister recommends Patronage concerns Requirements: Must be Canadian, 30 years old, and living in their province.
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