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Role of Cabinet in Bc

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Definition of Cabinet:
o“the Buckle” that binds together the legislative and executive branches oCabinet described as the “key engine” of the state b/c most legislation is passed through the Cabinet oCabinet the body that makes the key decisions about the state oCentral aspect of modern Canadian gov’t

oConstitute a fusion of powers between the executive and the legislative branches of gov’t oUS – separation of power, legislative and executive powers are separated oCabinet are made up of MPs and inside legislative

oMajority in gov’t side, Cabinet and backbenchers, one can be sure that the decisions by the gov’t or Cabinet will be supported by the majority means executive and legislative branches are making decisions at the same time = fusion of powers oCabinet is the body that executes the decisions that are taken oHouse of commons pass the legislation and be responsible for the authority behind the legislation oHouse doesn’t actually carry it out – don’t give directions to the bureaucrat, manage the finances → that happens in the Cabinet oCabinet that executes the legislation that has been put in place oCabinet is the gov’t – engine of the state

oParliament is a different concept
oMP on the opp. Side is not in Cabinet and therefore not on gov’t side. oWe tend to use the terms interchangeably and sometimes develop confusion oPrecise: Cabinet as the gov’t and the bureaucracy it directs and Parliament or the House of Commons oMP is not a member of gov’t

oMember of Cabinet is a member of gov’t
oBUT WE TEND TO USE THEM INTERCHANGEABLY

COMPOSITION:
oMembers of Cabinet must be drawn from the House
oBUT THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS
oPossibly for PM to appoint someone to the Cabinet from the Senate oPeriodically, what happens is that the PM will decide that there is someone that he wants as a member of Cabinet but who is not a member of Parliament oDespite responsible gov’t, appointing someone to Cabinet from the House, it is possible...