We often use the term
"government" to mean everything connected with running a country,
including the people or parties in power and their laws, customs, and
institutions. In fact, that is what we mean when we talk about
"levels of government" or a "system of
We also use "government"
to mean one institution, such as the House of Commons, or perhaps just the party
in office, such as "the Conservative government" or "the Liberal
government" or "the New Democrat government." But in our
parliamentary system, "government" has a very limited and specific
meaning: it's the team of elected representatives (the Cabinet) who, with the support of a
majority in the Assembly, takes care of public business, including making laws
and spending tax dollars.