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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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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