This Topic is an interesting one because many throughout the country are divided on the topic of the Prime Minister and whether or not they hold too much power within their role. With past allegations of corruption, many are blinded by the true powers and limitations of what properly defines the role of our Prime Minister. Thesis: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Prime Minister of Canada and evaluate his or her powers to identify whether or not these powers are limited in any way to fulfill the proper role of Prime Minister.
The paper will outline the justified Prime Ministerial role while analyzing his or her functions while assessing the day to day decisions which directly affect the people of Canada This Paper will argue that, although the seat of the Prime Minister gives the highest power in our nation, the current role does not have too much power and he or she uses their powers to create the best possible country by making the decisions which are necessary to allow stability throughout the entire government and nation.
The Limitations placed on his or her role lead to a balance of power throughout the unique provinces and allow decisions to be made which are for the greater good of each region and in turn our entire great nation. Outline: Prime Minister is broadly defined as a chief minister appointed by a ruler. The Prime Minister is also the head of the cabinet and often also the chief executive of a parliamentary democracy. – We must first identify the role and responsibilities which entail the Prime Ministerial title. For the sake of this paper, the Prime Minister is the head of government, not the head of state.
He formerly directs the activities of the day which in turn affect the every day lives of citizens across Canada. He is responsible to both the House of Commons and Senate which are responsible to the legialative branch of government. – The Government and it’s policies directly relate to those decisions and feelings held by our prime Minister and his constituents of the day. The ability to make these decisions for the greater good of the entire nation is what separates a good primeminister from a great one. He or She holds the power to change the lives of every individual across our wide land mass.
– This Power of the prime Minister and his or her title is justified and prooven on a daily basis with the success we have seen in past years. The role is prooven while directly reflecting the voters choice. The Prime Minister does not hold so much power to raise issues, but power to ignore issues and prevent them from being brought up in the House of Commons. – To realistically assess this topic, we must differentiate between a minority and majority government and their selective power. For the purpose of this essay, we will be using the current setup in the House of Commons which is a minority government.
The systems of power are completeley different in a minoritty government as apposed to a majority which would lead to complete different points of view. In a majority situation, it is accepted that a prime minister and his government indeed do have that much more power to alter the shape of our nation. This extended power is still limited in the fact that there still remain the same checks and balances which prevent him or her from making any decisions which could have a detrimental effect on a significant percenatge of the population.
Within a minority government, it is the other parties in power which prevent and alter the decisions from being made as quickly and easily as they would in a majority situation. The essay will be made up of 3 body paragraphs which contain the following points. Body Paragraphs: 1) Signifigant power is placed in the hands of provincial leaders which prooves the balance of power in Canada in comparison to other democratic regions around the world. The Prime Minister is regulated when it comes to proposing new initiatives for the provinces.
Canada has an extremely decentralized government which creates problems when passing new initiatives based on the distinctiveness and needs of each province across the country. As a bilingual nation, the government strives to create a balance which allows the rights of freedoms of both the english and french on a national level. a) Each province faces its own problems on a yearly basis and due to the large land mass of Canada, each has its own unique specifications which help the province grow and flourish. b) Resources of all kinds vary from province to province from the core to the
periphery and there must be an equal balance of distribution of funds and resources which the country depends on to export to receive capital from other nations. 2) With the current Scandals of federal government, many feel that prime ministers hold too much power in their current role, however proper checks and balances create stabilty and a level ground upon which decisions can be made fairly and justified on all topics facing government on a federal and provincial level. The Following list is made up of checks and balances on the decisions the Prime Minister can or can not make: a) House of Commons
b) Senate c) Govenor general and Lt. govenor have real political power to check by legislature and veto powers. d) Courts and Constitutions hold back some decisions made. e) Motions of Confidence 3) Although im arguing the role of Prime Minister doesn’t in fact have too much power, that doesn’t mean he has none at all. It is obvious the the Prime Minsters power is justified as the highest power in our government yet there are many checks and balances which keep him or her in line. The ability to choose and fill many of the roles within government allow him to pesuay certain individuals to toe the party line.
These individuals know the probability of their role in the future depends on agreeing on the same issues as the Prime Minister and his government. While the powers may not be evident from the outside looking in, we can closely examine and identify the powers that he holds within our great nation. 3) Apointment of roles of department Staff: a) Cabinet- along with PM have most influence over bills and laws passed. b) Parliamentary Secretaries c) Prime Ministers Office (PMO) d) Privy Council Office e)Secretaries of State f) Ministers of State
These individuals who comprise of these roles have a disginuished task on how the government of the day acts and carries out their power. The PM oversees this group and has a strong degree of power and decision of how they act. This Paper will fully demonstrate and justify the roles and responsibilities of our Prime Minister. We must continue to assess this role as our country continually changes on many fronts. We must wonder how this role will change in the coming years as the entire landscape of out great nation changes too. I will be using proper Footnote Citation for the Paper as follows:
A head of a government has means of punishing a member who may be slack in his support. He can deprive him (or her) of the exercise of the government patronage in his district, and a member who loses this is likely quickly to become unpopular with an active section of his followers and to imperill his re-election. In Canada, on the other hand, a member of the commons is under no obligation to reside even in the province where his constitency lies. Work Cited for the Prime Minsterial role in Canada. Desourdie, Todd W. “A Study of the Cyclical Nature of Prime Minister.
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