Government & Institutions

Central to understanding Canadian politics is awareness of the nation’s basic governmental institutions. Find articles on the organization and operation of key institutions and structures of government, as well as important issues facing them.

The Federal Budget in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || May 1, 2006

The federal government is responsible for managing hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds every year. To effectively manage its money, the federal government, like all Canadians, needs a budget – a financial plan for the future. This article introduces the process and significance of the federal budget. In particular, it examines the nature of the federal budget, the process by which it is made and approved, and its importance to Canada's political and democratic system.

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Office of the Governor General of Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jan 1, 2006

The Office of Governor General is one of the least discussed political institutions in Canadian politics, yet represents one of the most historical and symbolic offices in the nation’s system of government. In recent years, the Office of Governor General has been the focus of some debate in Canada, with some questioning its overall relevance, while others have taken issue with the costs of running the Office, and spending by the Governor General.

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Crown Corporations in Canada

Feature by Denise Brennan || Jan 1, 2006

Crown Corporations are an integral part of Canada’s social, political, and economic landscape. The purpose of this article is to provide a general introduction to the nature of Crown Corporations in Canada. In so doing, this feature examines the history of Crown Corporations, their role in Canadian society, how they operate, and key issues relating to them.

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The Bank of Canada

Feature by Rhonda Parkinson || Oct 1, 2002

The Bank of Canada (BOC) is a central economic and financial institution in Canadian government and politics.

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