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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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