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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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