Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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Yup, had it correct. "Up here" we vote for the party we want to represent us rather than voting for a select elite who they may or may not vote for the party we wanted to represent us.

That may be true, but it has nothing to do with electing a Prime Minister.
I hate to tell you but you do not elect your Prime Minister at all...

While there is a tradition that the seat is given to the party in power in the house of commons, ultimately it is the decision of the Governor General, who is Queen Elizabeth II's viceroy. Prime Minister is an appointed position, and the monarchy can (and has) appointed people who are not even members of the House of Commons.

One correction for you also; we are not a monarchy. We are a parliamentary democracy. The royal family does not dictate policy down to the government but rather, the government decides policy without influence.

Canada is a Parliamentary Democracy. It is also a Monarchy. Just as the USA is a Representative Democracy that is also a Republic.

Also, I would say that the Monarchy having the ability to arbitrarily and unilaterally selected the head of government is a form of influence, or at the least a form of ace in the hole... ;)

In our case, the Governor General then rubber stamps whatever the parliament has decided.

That is my point really...

In our case the Electoral College rubber stamps based on whatever the voters have decided (by regional delegation). Can a member of the electoral college go their own way? Yes. So can the Governor General... Its the same thing - I don't understand why you would draw such a negative distinction between our methods and Canada's - they are almost the same in practice, just not in form and function.

Edited 2013-06-10 20:28 UTC

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