Cabinet Shuffle

As we shall see in an up-coming tutorial, Cabinet or the Executive Council, is a decision-making body of the Executive Branch composed of appointed ministers of the Crown each responsible for a file (such as defence, finance, health) known as a portfolio. The Cabinet also includes the Prime Minister (or premier at the provincial level) as head of government. These ministers are appointed out of the caucus of MPs (or MLAs, MPPs, MNAs at the provincial level) from the party with the most seats in the Legislature by the Governor General (or Lieutenant Governor at the provincial level) on the advice of the Prime Minister.

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So, essentially, they are appointed by the head of government and are therefore loyal to him or her. The number of Cabinet Ministers changes from government to government: it grows in membership or shrinks in membership on the will of the head of government.

Given this, it is the prerogative of the head of government to change the composition of the Cabinet and change who is in cabinet and in what position. Continue reading

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Settling Boundaries

For the past decade at least, concerns about voter inequality and underrepresentation of Canadians in urban areas have been front and center with calls for fairer, more equal and constitutionally sound representation becoming the soundtrack for progress towards other democratic reforms in Canada.

So, what does voter inequality mean? It means that one person’s vote counts more or is valued or weighted more than another person’s vote. It is a troubling state of affairs in a democracy when one vote is somehow worth more than another. The question is how does this occur or what does voter inequality look like? Continue reading

Dump the Leader?

A week and a half ago, there were reports that something of a mutiny was afoot in the BC Liberal caucus with cabinet members and MLAs alike from the governing Liberals calling for the Premier Christy Clark, to resign. This in light of the scandal which emerged involving the leak of memos which put forth a strategy to woo the vote of British Columbians of certain ethnicities.

This week however, it would appear that the premier has managed to quell any public dissent from her caucus. But lets, for a moment, consider the possibility of ousting a sitting premier. Continue reading