Please explain how the Prime Minister and cabinet are formed in the Canadian Parliamentary system.

Responses to the question: "Please explain how the Prime Minister and cabinet are formed in the Canadian Parliamentary system."

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Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Bob Green Innes Yes Prime Minister Harper was formed from stubborn stone, which was then surrounded by stout sticks, forming an impenetrable Cabinet.

Seriously, the present system of having civil servants write legislation that is rammed down the throats of hapless backbenchers only serves the entrenched money interests. The Canadian Action Party is the only party to address this deplorable situation with a complete program of democratic reform as outlined in my first answer.
David Hart Dyke Yes The Governor General appoints the Prime Minister, who thereafter heads the Cabinet. By convention, this is the person who has the confidence of the House...typically (though not necessarily) the person leading the party with the most seats.
Gord Hill Yes The Prime Minister is the Leader of the Party which commands the majority of the seats in the House of Commons. There are other variables concerning coalitions, but the same rule applies The Prime Minister Commands the majority of the seats in the House of Commons. The Prime Minister appoints the Cabinet.
Greg Pattinson Yes The Governor General (as a representative of the Queen) appoints the Prime Minister based on who is believed to best hold the confidence of the House of Commons. This is often the leader of the party that holds the most seats. Alternatively it could be the minority house leader in the case of a coalition government. The cabinet is then appointed on recommendation by the Prime Minister.
Wayne Marston Yes Canada is a Westminster style parliamentary democracy, modeled after the United Kingdom. The leader of the political party that wins a majority in the House of Commons becomes Prime Minister (to gain a majority a party must win 155 seats). If no party wins a majority then the party that wins the most seats is given the first opportunity to form government. If this minority government cannot maintain the confidence of the House, then other parties have the option of appealing to the Monarch (or in our case, the Monarch's vice-regal representative, the Governor General) to form a coalition government.

The Cabinet is appointed by the Prime Minister from the governing party's caucus.
Wendell Fields Yes Canada is a constitutional monarchy, whereby sovereignty is vested in the Queen. The Queen's representative, in the form of the Governor General appoints the Prime Minister who by convention is the leader of the Party with the most seats in the House of Commons. S/he also appoints the Cabinet, based on the selection of the Prime Minister.

The Constitution which vests sovereignty in the Queen absolutely while enshrining the rights of the people on a limited basis (i.e. within reasonable limits) is archaic and no longer capable of meeting the demands of the Canadian people for new and modern arrangements which enshrine rights on the basis of being human.

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Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Bob Mann
Brad Clark
Michelle Stockwell