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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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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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