Cornwall ON – Keith Beardsley has written a new piece on the deterioration of Parliament and how it behaves and the impact on our political system and perception created with the Canadian public. It’s some interesting and well thought out reading.
I’ve talked a lot with people lately about the apathy in Canadian politics and it’s this type of gutter fighting that has led to a lot of the apathy. There’s nothing wrong with the odd foot to the head; but at the end of the day it can’t be the norm.
For years Canadians have watched the slow decline of Parliament. Today, MPs are known more for the trouble they cause in Question Period, than the good work they do in Committee. Shouting across the aisle at your opponents gets you the media clip. A careful well thought out question does not.
Everyone complains about the diminished role of MPs, all parties promise to fix things and of course they never do. It really boils down to one thing, the pursuit of power and the search for the almighty news clip.
Sometime next week the Speaker will rule on the MPs, IE Parliament’s demand for the Afghanistan documents. It will be interesting to watch to see who comes out the winner; the Government or Parliament. Either way a tipping point for Canada’s elected representatives will have been reached.
To read more of Keith Beardsley’s work check out his website ATory01.
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