Re-purposing the existing institutions.
Engaged Democracy is designed to put control over all aspects of government into the hands of it's citizens. From tabling the agenda, to drafting the legislation, to voting, to implementation, citizens do it all. In return, individuals are compensated for their genuine contribution.
Therefore, the institutions of our current representative system will be altered significantly.
The goal of Engaged Democracy is to replace the process and put Canadian citizens in control, not to eliminate government completely. Engaged Democracy is not an anarchist or dictatorial model.
House of Commons
In the Engaged Democracy system, the House of Commons is no longer a legislative group. Rather the elected members are the managers of the Engaged Democracy process. Elected members spend their time ensuring the quality of the efforts, providing over-sight to operations and ensuring the principles of Engaged Democracy are adhered to. The members of the House of Commons are elected to office in an unique process which is discussed in the electoral reform section.
Elected members of the House of Commons are constantly evaluated by citizens for the effectiveness of their contributions to the Engaged Democracy process.
All members serve as part of the same government. There are no parties so, therefore, no wasted talent, resources or payroll.
The Senate is to be an important functioning government body. The Senate will be the most successful and experienced contributors to the Engaged Democracy process and provide guidance, advice and leadership in all aspects of the process.
The Senate will also be the top communicators with Canadian citizens. If there are issues to be addressed in the media, opinions to be generated, or an audit/investigation to be conducted, Senators will be responsible.
Members of the Senate, earn their seat by receiving a nomination from their colleagues in the House of Commons. Only those who are deemed to be the most worthy receive nominations.
Citizens then vote on the nomination. Senate members will continue to represent the various regions and plurality of Canada, but in an equal manner and there will be fewer of them (see electoral reform).
The British Monarchy
The British monarchy remains part of Canada's cultural heritage. Engaged Democracy is not intended to replace or ignore history. However, the position of the Governor General will be eliminated. The Governor General's residence, Rideau Hall, will be repurpsoed.
Canadians have a long connection with Britain and an affinity for the Royal family members. Royal family members will be welcomed to Canada on quasi-official state visits per normal protocol.
The Prime Minister
The Prime Minister has only two roles, and both are in relation to the circumstance of that person being the Head of State in terms of International Relations.
The Prime Minister does not function as the leader of government. Citizens will lead the Engaged Democracy process not an individual.
The primary role of the Prime Minister is to represent Canada as the official Head of State. The PM has the authority to enter into agreements and treaties per the direction of Canada's citizens.
The second role for the the Prime Minister will be to serve as the Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian military. The PM is charged with the responsibility of defending Canada's geographic territory and utilizing Canada's military in foreign affairs.
The Prime Minister is consulted, but not responsible for the foreign service or the consular network.
There is no role for the PM in Canada's domestic policy discussions.
The Prime Minister is voted for and elected by the citizens of Canada.
The Prime Minister will be the only elected official who is required to take up residence in Ottawa. The Prime Minister's Office will be in Parliament and his residence will remain at 24 Sussex Drive.
There will be no need to utilize the Parliament Buildings for meetings and parliamentary procedures. All discussions and dialogue will happen within EDDIE. Further, there will be no requirement of MP's and Senators to take up residence in Ottawa.
The Prime Minister will be the only elected official required to live in Ottawa.
On special state and formal occasions, the Center Block of Parliament will be utilized accordingly.
The Supreme Court building will continue to house the Judiciary. The East and West blocks will be repurposed.