Budget Process

Steve Paikin of TV Ontario posted an entry to his blog in which he described a procedure known as pre-budget lock up . You can find that post here.

This is a process that goes on before every budget, in every province and at the federal level on the day the respective minister of finance tables (or introduces) the budget in the legislature.

Given how important a budget is in the life of a government, particularly one in minority (it is a motion on which the government loses confidence automatically if it fails to pass), it is no wonder there is tight security.

Some trivia items about the budget:
• The minister of finance always buys a new pair of shoes.
• Typically, the minister will wear a flower on their lapel.
• As mentioned above, the accepted precedent in Westminster parliamentary systems is
that if the budget (or supply) bill(s) do not pass a vote of the legislature, a government is
said to have lost confidence. Either an election is triggered (the more likely scenario) or
the Lt Governor/ Governor General could inquire to the Leader of the Opposition if s/he is
able to form a government.

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Interpreting Political Cartoons

A tutorial on how to interpret/analyze political cartoons. Special thanks to Graeme Mackay (http://www.mackaycartoons.net) for use of his cartoons for this tutorial.

Note: I have been experiencing issues with getting embedding Prezi presentation to play on the site. Please view the video at this link if the prezi will not play for you on the site

The Politics of Spin

Last post, we gave a brief run-down of how to look at various medium and be critical of what information you are given.

Briefly mentioned too, was a reference to information given by individuals and groups (particularly political leaders).

This post is going to give you a brief overview of a tool used by political leaders and others in public relations: spin. Continue reading