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alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Fri Dec 2 06:23:12 GMT 2005

In Canada, senators can be cabinet ministers. However, aside from the 
Government leader in the Senate, they rarely are.

To quote Forsey:
"The Prime Minister is normally a Member of the House of Commons (there 
have been two from the Senate, from 1891 to 1892 and from 1894 to 1896).

"... By custom, almost all the members of the Cabinet must be Members of 
the House of Commons, or, if not already Members, must win seats. Since 
Confederation, on occasion, people who were not members of either House 
have been appointed to the Cabinet, but they had to get seats in the House 
or the Senate within a reasonable time, or resign from the Cabinet.

"... Senators can be members of the Cabinet; the first Cabinet, of 13 
members, had five Senators. But since 1911, usually there has been only 
one Cabinet Minister in the Senate, and that one without portfolio, the 
leader of the Government in the Senate.

"... Twice between 1979 and 1984, there were three or four Senators in the 
Cabinet. The Conservatives, in 1979, elected very few MPs from Quebec, and 
the Liberals, in 1980, elected only two from the four Western provinces. 
So both parties had to eke out the necessary Cabinet representation for 
the respective provinces by appointing more Senators to the Cabinet."



> > Quoting Michael R N Dolbear <m.dolbear at lineone.net>:
> > > For the one sentence summary you have to add "British style, so 
> > > govenment ministers are normally menbers of parliament".

> gpw at uniserve.com wrote:
> > Egads no.  I don't recall any government ministers being drawn from
> > the upper house as the British are willing to do.

On Thu, 1 Dec 2005, Marna Nightingale wrote:
> No, but we HAVE been known to appoint 'em and THEN run 'em for office.
> Generally by asking a backbencher in a very safe seat to step aside and
> holding a by-election.
> It's rare, very. But it does happen.
> The Upper House is the Senate, and Senators are appointed by the Prime
> Minister.

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

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the same condition -- and we are dependent on one another every single day in between. The
'stand on your own feet and take care of yourself' attitude the right wing keeps pushing is
not only cruel, but stupid, too." -- Molly Ivins

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