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Holding the Prime Minister to account: the erosion of Parliament's limited tools

The political elite must stop propounding the myth that Parliament holds the PM/executive to account. It is just not so.

Two weeks ago I argued that the fusion of powers in the Westminster model of government Canada adopted in 1867 is the main reason why Parliament has been unable to hold the Prime Minister and the executive to account, (see The Hill Times, June 28, 2010). Here I offer more reasons why Parliament is unable to hold the PM to account.

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Holding the Prime Minister to account: the erosion of Parliament's limited tools

The political elite must stop propounding the myth that Parliament holds the PM/executive to account. It is just not so.

Two weeks ago I argued that the fusion of powers in the Westminster model of government Canada adopted in 1867 is the main reason why Parliament has been unable to hold the Prime Minister and the executive to account, (see The Hill Times, June 28, 2010). Here I offer more reasons why Parliament is unable to hold the PM to account.

  

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Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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