Branches of Government: The Executive Branch

This is the first in a series on the branches of government in Canada. The Executive Branch will be followed by a three-parter on the Legislative Branch. A tutorial on the Judicial Branch will come later.

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Like a Family Reunion: The Council of the Federation and Its Significance

This week, you may have heard about a meeting taking place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a meeting of the Council of the Federation. It’s a pretty big deal as political meetings go. It is an inter-provincial council made up of provincial and territorial first ministers: the premiers.

Why is it significant? Well, it’s a time for all of the provincial executives to get together to discuss the significant issues facing the country and particularly those issues which have implications for the provinces, to debate policy, to form contacts and make deals with each other, and it is also an opportunity for the premiers to get together and talk strategy. Continue reading