The Canadian Prime Minister: Civil Servant or Dictator? The office of the Prime Minister of Canada wields a degree of power that is at odds with Canadians’ perception of themselves as citizens and participants in a fair and democratic political process. Most Canadians are oblivious to the concentration of power in the Prime Ministers Office, which is precisely why the PMO is able to engage in political manoeuvrings of various kinds. This paper will examine some examples of excessive, or at least questionable, prime ministerial power in Canada about which most Canadians know little or nothing. The myth that minority governments are relatively powerless and hence ineffectual will also be discussed, as will some possible solutions to the...The end:
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