Can an immigrant with citizenship run for Prime Minister in Canada?
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
Unike the US, one does not specifically 'run' for Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is the leader of the Party with the most seats in The House of commons. He does not technically even have to BE elected.
As stated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein”. Thus, any Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age on polling day, who is qualified as an elector, is eligible to be a candidate in an election.
- racefish68122Lv 57 years ago
The short answer is no, since the Prime Minister doesn't "run" for office as the President of the US does.
The prime minister, along with the other ministers in cabinet, is appointed by the governor general on behalf of the Queen. However, by the conventions of responsible government, designed to maintain administrative stability, the viceroy will call to form a government the individual most likely to receive the support, or confidence, of a majority of the directly-elected House of Commons; as a practical matter, this is often the leader of a party whose members form a majority, or a very large plurality, of Members of Parliament (MPs). Legally, this may be any citizen of Canada of voting age (18 years and over)—the requirements to gain election to the House of Commons. It is not actually clear as to whether there are age or citizenship restrictions on the position of prime minister itself, as it is not necessary for the incumbent to be a sitting MP. However, this is more of an academic question since the constitutional conventions involved in selecting the prime minister make the appointment of anyone ineligible for election to the house an obvious infeasibility.
- 7 years ago
Not directly. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Commons. You would have to win three elections: one to gain a seat in Parliament, another to win the leadership of the party at a convention, and a general election that your party has won the majority of seats.
But Yes, it is possible.