Pages tagged "Government"

Special Parliamentarians

Are all Parliamentarians equal?
Yes and no.
Yes in that each Member of Parliament or each Senator gets one vote and each vote is weighted equally. So whether you are a parliamentarian from Ontario or one of the territories, or the Prime Minister or Opposition House Leader, or Parliamentary Secretary or the Shadow Minister for International Trade or… have I lost you?
As you can see, there are lots of special parliamentarians and we’re going to break them down for you right here!

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Political parties in Canada

The problem with the term political party is that it is misleading. There often is not a keg, or red solo cups or even a whole lot of music.

In fact they use the term party, in its other sense meaning a group of individuals with a common purpose and goal.

I know, I’m upset by the false advertising too! But hear me out.

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The job of a Member of Parliament

Elected politicians get a pretty bad rap. 

Continuously, year after year, politicians rank amongst the least trusted profession in surveys, right in between lawyers and used car salesmen.

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The job of a Senator

If there is one job out there that gets more flak than an elected politician, it is a non-elected politician.

Welcome to the thankless life of a Senator.

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Federal vs. Provincial

Canada is a great big country. In fact, it is the second largest country in the world by size (true fact!). However, it is only the 35th largest country by population. Canadians live relatively far away from each other compared to most other nations. This makes governing tricky business.

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The Cabinet

And no, we’re not talking about your grandmother’s antique hutch in the corner…

We’re talking about the group of people who run the show in government.

Collectively, the Ministers of the Crown are known as the cabinet. Each minister is responsible for a specific area of government such as Finance, Justice or Foreign Affairs. They oversee everything that happens in their particular governmental department and they drive the agenda of the government.

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