Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister of Canada is the head of government - although not the head of state - in Canada. S/he heads the Government of Canada. Paul Martin has been the Prime Minister since November 2003.

In Canada's parliamentary system, one becomes Prime Minster by being the leader of the party that holds the most seats. Citizens do not vote directly to choose this most-powerful officeholder, although as per politics as usual elections are viewed by many if not most voters as presidential contests, in which the personality and ideas of the respective leaders are the deciding criteria.

The office of the prime minister has wider powers within government than the President of the United States, essentially the power to promote or demote any other official in the federal government, including the Governor General, Justices of the Supreme Court, Senators, Cabinet Ministers, and by extension, the whole ranks of the civil service. This power can be wielded to make laws even against the will of their own caucus, as Prime Minister Jean Cretien did in 2003, to pass Bill C-24.

Due to the bicultural heritage of the country, and the tendency of Quebec to be a swing vote in elections, the majority of Canada Prime Minister's originated from Quebec. The last three PMs who were not from Quebec have enjoyed little success in the last three decades:

Ruling these short-lived PMs out, the most recent PMs of Canada were:

-!!Position: Harper, not being Quebecois,buy ultram online will not be successful even if elected.

The only contender seriously believed to be able to challenge Martin in the Canadian federal election, 2004 was Stephen Harper. Harper is from Alberta and accordingly could not have expected to rule long. Jean Charest is sometimes noted as the most likely figure to bring the Conservative Party of Canada back into a ruling position. Charest is the Premier of Quebec and former head of a predecessor party the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

-!!Position: The powers of the Prime Minister should be reduced.

-!!Position: Canada requires a strong prime minister who has the power to break political logjams.
  • Argument: While Prime ministers have always held extraordinary powers, few have resigned in disgrace as a result of corruption, they are largely held in check by concern for their buy ultram no prescription reputation, and pressure from their caucus (because voters practice collective punishment).
  • Argument: Once in office, a powerful Prime Minister buy viagra without prescription is actually less susceptible to undue influence moving company than one who must please powerful interests to remain in power.