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January 16, 2007


Bob Knaus

Every democratic system has its pluses and minuses. One of the big minuses of the Westminster system is that ministers must be MPs.

Suggestion for constitutional reform: directly elect the heads of major ministries. Ideally, give them power to fire the permanent secretaries and their deputies.

Many US states directly elect major executive officers, and so do numerous US counties and municipalities.

For the Bahamas, the heads of tourism, health, police, and treasury would be a good start. Also the Attorney General. This would allow voters the option of splitting the executive between parties, if they so desired. It has worked well in the US as a check on governmental powers.

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