Caretaker Government

A caretaker government is a government  during the period between when parliament is dissolved by a Governor General who calls an election, throughout the campaign period and continues until a new government is appointed  after the election.

The authority of this care taker government is typically limited. Canada currently has a caretaker government in place at the federal level because telhe country is in the middle of an election.

The National Post has a  article on an unusual move by the Clerk of the Privy Council, the most senior public servant in the federal public service, to release the rules that guide a caretaker government. The prime minister and other ministers of thr crown (cabinet ministers) must follow these rules.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/restraint-is-the-watchword-what-a-caretaker-government-can-and-cant-do-during-an-election

You can find the “rulebook” here: http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/index.asp?lang=eng&page=convention&doc=convention-eng.htm

The rulebook also explains the caretaker convention or practice in detail as well as the impacts on public servants-the non-partisan, permanent staff which administer the day to day business of the federal government

Branches of Government: Legislative Branch Part I – The Legislature

This is a follow up to the Executive Branch, part of  a series on the branches of government in Canada. This marks part one of three on the Legislative Branch.

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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

Majority, Minority and Coalition Governments

In Q&A: So, you want to learn about Canadian elections? We went over, very briefly, the electoral system in Canada. We also talked about how a government is formed.

There, we said that at the federal or provincial level, the party with the most representatives (MPs, MPPs, MLAs, MNAs) in the legislature (that is, the parties with the most seats), is asked to form the government. Here, we will get into more details about the composition of governments and how they work given their numbers in the legislature. Continue reading

Leadership Conventions

You may have noticed over the past few months (as of this posting) that there has been many news stories about leadership races. There is a federal leadership campaign underway with the Liberal party, there is a provincial leadership campaign for the Liberals in Ontario, one for the NDP in Saskatchewan, and Liberals in Manitoba.

As such, I thought that a primer on leadership conventions would make a good post… Continue reading