Individual ministerial responsibility The responsibility of the minister as the

Individual ministerial responsibility the

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-Individual ministerial responsibility– The responsibility of the minister, as the political head of the department, to answer to the legislature and through the legislature to the public both for his or her personal acts and for those of departmental subordinates. Political NeutralityPublic servants are to remain anonymous and politically neutral at the same time.Public servants routinely appear before legislative committees.Access to information legislation Officers of Parliament can help elected representatives to examine the actions of public servants.Role of the media The declining anonymity of public servants can have some serious implications for the doctrine of individual ministerial responsibilityIndependent Public ServiceShould the public service be seen as an independent branch of government?
Prevailing belief is that public servants only have one commitment and that is to serve the minister and the interests of the government in power as part of the executive branch.Recent developments point to the possible need to consider the public service as an independent branch of government that has an obligation that competes with its loyalty to the minister and the current government.Officers of ParliamentThey either directly or indirectly report to Parliament.They assist Parliament with the task of holding ministers and the public servants accountable.They handle concerns and complaints of citizens about the actions of government.The Office of the Auditor General (OAG)The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC)The Office of the Privacy Commissioner The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages Elections CanadaThe Office of the Ethics CommissionerOffice of the Public Sector Integrity CommissionerThe Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO)The Office of the Commissioner of LobbyingHouse of Commons (and Senate) CommitteesAnother means to exercise parliamentary control over the public service (i.e. the executive)3 functions (frequently overlap):Policy DevelopmentReview of Existing PoliciesScrutiny of Departmental Administration3 types:Standing: focus on a substantive sphere of government policy; generally permanent (currently 24)Special: set up to examine specific issues and are dissolved after work is complete
Legislative: examine specific government billsSubcommittees may also emerge as necessarySome committees are chaired by members of the Opposition60 marks 40 MC – 5 cases 1 mark each – 2 bonus questions topic C cases20 short answer – 2 questions worth 5 marks from topic A and 1 question is 10 marks from topic BMaybe one is on Issue lifecycle? Page 5 illustrationCase 1– end of ch 3, Case 2– end of ch 4, Case 3– end of ch 8, Bonus - case 4 – end of ch 10, case 5 – end of ch 12

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