Students will become familiar with the Federal Cabinet and the role it plays within the Parliamentary system. The emphasis is on gaining an understanding of how the PM determines who will be in cabinet. Factors such as Gender, Regional Representation as well as years of experience will all be examined.
- Learn what role the Cabinet plays in government.
- Use technology (MS Excel) to demonstrate trends the Prime Minister's selection of Cabinet Ministers.
- Form their own opinions about whether the system is effective or not, in comparison to other forms found throughout the democracies of the world (ie. U.S and Britain).
1. Use a political cartoon that deals with the Cabinet to initiate discussion. Have students determine what the message of the cartoon is. Make reference to some of the individuals depicted in the cartoon. Explain the significance of the ability of the PM to name Cabinet ministers. Tie in with current events where possible.
2. Introduce the concept of a Cabinet to the students. Examine the Cabinet's place within the Canadian Government structure.
Time Allowance: 3-4 hours
1. Show Video "Constitutional and Parliamentary offices" Students should complete Activity #1 (Worksheet Attachment) while watching.
2. Take up questions with class to emphasize the message from video.
3. Provide information on the role and duties of the P.M and his/her cabinet. Have students take notes.
4. Provide students with Activity #2 (Additional Attachment) and explain expectations. (This assignment requires access to computers).
5. Monitor Students while they work on the computers and assist when necessary.
6. Lead class discussion on findings. Identify trends. Ensure students comprehend the factors that contribute to who is selected to serve in cabinet.
7. Conclude lesson with a discussion of whether or not Canada's Cabinet system is an effective one. Touch on the issue of what qualifications MP's need to hold certain portfolios. Compare Canada's Cabinet to that of the United States. Evaluate the pros and cons of each system in the interest of gaining a better understanding of our own.
Activity Sheet #1 – Questions from Video
Activity Sheet #2 – Cabinet Research Assignment
Cabinet Assignment Rubric
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