Irresponsible Government

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September 2014



2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Shortlisted, Non-Fiction

In Irresponsible Government, independent MP Brent Rathgeber (a former Conservative) takes Parliament to task for its failure to hold the government to account.
Irresponsible Government examines the current state of Canadian democracy in contrast to the founding principles of responsible government established by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867. The book examines the failure of modern elected representatives to perform their constitutionally mandated duty to hold the prime minister and his cabinet to account. It further examines the modern lack of separation between the executive and legislative branches of government and the disregard with which the executive views Parliament. The book seeks to shine light on the current power imbalances that have developed in Canadian government.

Through an examination of the foundation principles of our parliamentary system and their subsequent erosion, Irresponsible Government seeks methods through which we can begin to recalibrate and correct these power imbalances and restore electoral accountability.


Brent Rathgeber is a Canadian lawyer and sitting Member of Parliament. He was elected as a Conservative in 2008 and 2011. On June 5, 2013, he resigned from the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent in protest over the government's lack of support for transparency and accountability. He lives in Edmonton.

EAN: 9781459728394
Untertitel: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Dundurn
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2014
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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