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Ottawa: Where the power lies in gov’t
Back in 1971, a Liberal member of Parliament put his finger on a weak spot in parliamentary democracy when he complained that the public cannot see what happens when backbench MPs confront cabinet ministers each week in private caucus meetings.
Talk and reason as a backbencher might, the truth is that all the important decisions of government are still made in private and not by general discussion of the party in power. The cabinet room is where the decisions are made.  Full Story >
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