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#1 May 30, 2008
Michael Chong, intergovernmental affairs minister at the time, says Harper never consulted him about the bold move made in November 2006 even though he was responsible for Ottawa's relations with the provinces...
A few days later, Chong resigned his post, saying he disagreed with the intent of the motion.
Academic and author Donald Savoie cites that incident as one example of the growing concentration of power in the Prime Minister's Office at the expense of MPs, bureaucrats, cabinet ministers and ultimately the public.
He argues that Canada has evolved into a court-style government, where the prime minister sits as "king" and has a "court" of select senior ministers, mandarins and lobbyists that rule the nation. Savoie says Parliament has been reduced to a bit player and cabinet ministers are now mere pawns.
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