Parliamentary Reform

Mulcair Was the One Out of Line at Question Period

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Mulcair made the biggest blunder in the exchange at Tuesday's Question Period. His frustration in his inability to get the government to respond is understandable, but as the rules currently dictate, the Speaker was enforcing the rules of Parliament. Mulcair's criticism of the Speaker in this scenario is thus akin to disrespecting the institution of Parliament itself.

Althia Raj

Reform Act? No Need, Says This Tory | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Opposition parties and some Conservative members may decry the government’s methods of curtailing debate and whipping votes, but the part...

Should Canada Elect, Abolish or Reform the Senate?

Omar Alghabra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

Because of its inherent independence from election cycles, the Senate can provide an indispensable public service that enriches our democracy. Does this mean that we ignore the real problems in the Senate? Definitely not. Reforms are needed. Standards that were tolerated decades ago are no longer acceptable today.

Some Lessons MPs Could Learn From Kindergarten

Ryan Painter | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

We, as the electorate, have a certain level of expectations for children at school: don't be rude, respect each other and your teachers and complete your work to the best of your ability. I certainly don't think that it's too much then to ask the same of our MPs and our government. We cannot continue to remain silent as our elected "adults" act like children while they represent us, as Elizabeth May did recently.

Let's Form a Committee on the Committee Problem

Gavin Charles | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Gavin Charles

It's disconcerting to read that members of all three main federal parties agree that the current committee system is seriously flawed. One long-time Liberal MP, Mauril Belanger, quit a committee on which he had served for nearly two decades, saying it was no longer possible to accomplish anything in what had become a hyper-partisan environment.

Harper and the Supremes (and What It Means for Our Democracy)

David Gratzer | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

Parliament has grown dysfunctional, with too little transparency. But while reform is desirable, the result may not be. Consider the "new" process for approving Supreme Court of Canada nominees. The only feisty moments occurred when an NDP MP challenged Moldaver over his inability to speak French.

Senate Reform for the People, Not the Politicians

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.03.2011 | Canada
Deborah Coyne

The choice presented between no Senate and a partially reformed Senate, is really not a choice at all. Both options lead to an increasingly dysfunctional and discredited Parliament.