Path to the PMO: Canada's Cursus Honorum for Political AspirantsSave this online in Del.icio.us. [?] Vote For this Post
Recently, I took an Intro to Classics class where I studied the ancient Greeks and Romans, the latter of whom had something called the Cursus Honorum. It made me wonder about whether there's a Canadian Cursus Honorum, or path to the Premiership.
When I was in high school, I admired Paul Martin who was then Canada's next Prime Minister. I noticed that he had come to prominence with the Finance portfolio, and it made me think that there was more than one way to the Premiership (besides having a background in law, as many MPs and politicians do).
The Cursus Honorum was the path for ambitious Roman youth to the halls of power. It involved studying in the Academy of Athens, which was the Ancient equivalent of taking "university" courses. (I used quotation marks because the way university existed then isn't equivalent to today's incarnation of university, though the idea has always been that of a place of higher learning.) After graduation, the young Roman boy (girls weren't really part of public affairs) was assigned/elected to one official post after another. Eventually, the cream of the crop became Consuls. Consuls were the Roman heads of state.
Now my question is this: Does a Canadian Cursus Honorum exist? Are there some set things someone can do that help propell them to the PMO? I'd love to hear your comments on this.
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