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“Mock First Ministers Conference” Executive Federalism in Canada. Douglas Brown Pols 321 St. Francis Xavier University October 2009. Executive Federalism in Canada: Mock First Ministers Conference. Overview of Assignment Goals of the exercise How the Mock FMC works

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mock first ministers conference executive federalism in canada

“Mock First Ministers Conference”Executive Federalism in Canada

Douglas Brown

Pols 321

St. Francis Xavier University

October 2009

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Executive Federalism in Canada:Mock First Ministers Conference
  • Overview of Assignment
  • Goals of the exercise
  • How the Mock FMC works
  • Stages in the Simulation
  • Briefing Book assignment
overview of the assignment
Overview of the Assignment
  • Students undertake preparation for and participate in a First Ministers Conference
  • Learning about how intergovernmental negotiations work – applied to Canadian government and their interests
  • Evaluated on:
    • Overall attendance
    • Participation in your delegation
    • Contribution to the delegation briefing book
goals of the exercise
Goals of the Exercise
  • Learn by doing
  • Understanding how intergovernmental negotiations work
  • Understanding the interests, politics and personalities that shape IGL relations
  • Drawing broader lessons and perspectives
role playing
Role-playing
  • Each student will play a role in a delegation
  • Your roles and positions should mirror as closely as possible current issues and interests of the government you are representing
  • Teams need to select their first minister, and other officials
  • Teams will vary in size according to the government
stages and proposed dates
Stages and Proposed Dates
  • Sign up to a delegation (October 25)
  • Negotiate agenda of FMC (Nov 2)
  • Intergovernmental meetings on Agenda Issues (Nov 4, 9, 11)
  • Plan and prepare draft FMC briefing books (due Nov 18)
  • First Ministers Meeting (Nov 19 )
  • De-briefing session (Nov 23)
  • Pass in final briefing papers (Nov 26)
possible briefing book contents
Possible Briefing Book Contents
  • Background Notes: Economic, Fiscal and Political Characteristics and Interests of your government
  • Briefing Notes: Nature of the issue and your government’s position (one for each separate agenda issue)
  • Opening statements: Speaking notes for the First Minister or other Minister
  • Strategy notes: secret notes on you strategy at the conference.
a reminder about overall course evaluation
A reminder about overall course evaluation
  • Short essay 15 %
  • Attendance in class 5
  • Participation in FMC

(including prep meetings) 20

  • Briefing Book 25
  • Final exam 35