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Westminster Style Parliamentary System 

A parliamentary system in which administrative and legislative responsibility are fused. The political executive (the cabinet) sits in, and typically leads the majority party in the House of Commons.

(Michael Stein, Toronto, PPG1000)


The Westminster style of Government is modeled on the system of Government used in the United Kingdom. Westminster style government is a feature of Canada's system of government. The Fathers of Confederation embraced the British constitution as the model to guide Canada's development. The British North America Act of 1867 was thoroughly British in both spirit and design. Since 1867, there have been many developments that have shifted Canada away from this model and elements, such as the Constitution Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982). In a Westminster system, the cabinet serves as the link between the administrative and legislative branches of government.


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