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Policing as an anomaly in federal-provincial relations

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Mounties march in a Remembrance Day ceremony in 2013. The main reason the RCMP continues policing the provinces is that the public continues to have a largely positive view of the force despite its blunders and bungles, writes Nelson Wiseman.

When the Fathers of Confederation were designing the country, John A. Macdonald believed the provinces would be little more than king-sized municipalities. He saw the federal government as the mother-government of the provinces. Government in Canada, however, did not turn out that way. Canada became one of the most decentralized of the world’s two dozen federations. Today, provincial expenditures and revenues exceed those of Ottawa and much of Ottawa’s “spending” consists of cash transfers to the provinces with virtually no strings attached. All this is a result of a process known as province-building, in which the provinces challenged Ottawa by forcefully asserting their jurisdictional powers.  

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Policing as an anomaly in federal-provincial relations

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Mounties march in a Remembrance Day ceremony in 2013. The main reason the RCMP continues policing the provinces is that the public continues to have a largely positive view of the force despite its blunders and bungles, writes Nelson Wiseman.

When the Fathers of Confederation were designing the country, John A. Macdonald believed the provinces would be little more than king-sized municipalities. He saw the federal government as the mother-government of the provinces. Government in Canada, however, did not turn out that way. Canada became one of the most decentralized of the world’s two dozen federations. Today, provincial expenditures and revenues exceed those of Ottawa and much of Ottawa’s “spending” consists of cash transfers to the provinces with virtually no strings attached. All this is a result of a process known as province-building, in which the provinces challenged Ottawa by forcefully asserting their jurisdictional powers.  

  

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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

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.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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