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Article Number - B5ACBA467181


Vol.9(5), pp. 68-75 , December 2017
DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR2017.0390
ISSN: 2141-2480



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The need for executive federalism in federal-provincial relations: The Canadian example



Clement Akwasi Botchway
  • Clement Akwasi Botchway
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Google Scholar







 Received: 03 January 2017  Accepted: 22 February 2017  Published: 31 December 2017

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s championing of a new course of federal-provincial relations in Canada away from the traditional executive federalism has drawn a lot of scholarly concerns. His open federalism doctrine has been touted by many as the future of federalism in Canada as a way of ensuring popular inclusion, participation, and grass root representation. While agreeing to the need to ensuring openness and eliminating secrecy in the democratic dispensation, this paper argues that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s watertight federal-provincial model, if left unchecked, could be very detrimental in accommodating diversity and pluralism, and the quest of defining a true national identity. In this regard, the paper argues among other reasons that executive federalism is not an enemy to democracy, and that the roles it has played in the Canadian example is worthy of emulation in federal countries in Africa and the globe at large.

Key words: Federalism, elite accommodation, Canada, cooperation, consensus.

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APA Botchway, C. A. (2017). The need for executive federalism in federal-provincial relations: The Canadian example. Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research, 9(5), 68-75.
Chicago Clement Akwasi Botchway. "The need for executive federalism in federal-provincial relations: The Canadian example." Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research 9, no. 5 (2017): 68-75.
MLA Clement Akwasi Botchway. "The need for executive federalism in federal-provincial relations: The Canadian example." Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research 9.5 (2017): 68-75.
   
DOI 10.5897/JPAPR2017.0390
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JPAPR/article-abstract/B5ACBA467181

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