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Subject:  Re: Canuck politics (F-35) Date:  12/7/2012  7:16 PM
Author:  tim443 Number:  410770 of 536635

'course if Lockheed subbed most of the work out to Canadian companies, then your MPs would all be howling about "jobs" in their districts, and the thing would be as unkillable as US weapons programs are.


Ah Canuck MPs can howl all they want (actually they can't), when it comes time to vote they vote the party line or leave the party. None of the democratic bi-partisan represent the people stuff up here. The decisions are made by the PM and his cabinet and the Hoi polloi vote the party line. The sole exception allowed is on the rare occasion when the PM declares a "free vote" which is usually on a subject he either doesn't care about or doesn't want to take responsibility for.

Think of the US with a president who has control of both houses on the hill and all the reelection funding for the people in them and you have an idea of the power of a PM with a majority.

Any <currently resides in a (hopefully benevolent) dictatorship> mouse

The outcome of most votes is largely known beforehand, since political parties normally instruct members on how to vote. A party normally entrusts some Members of Parliament, known as whips, with the task of ensuring that all party members vote as desired. Members of Parliament do not tend to vote against such instructions, since those who do so are unlikely to reach higher political ranks in their parties. Errant members may be deselected as official party candidates during future elections, and, in serious cases, may be expelled from their parties outright. Thus, the independence of Members of Parliament tends to be extremely low, and "backbench rebellions" by members discontent with their party's policies are rare. In some circumstances, however, parties announce "free votes", allowing Members to vote as they please. This may be done on moral issues and is routine on private members' bills.
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