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Foreign Affairs field trip

What happens when the State Department asks about Question Period


 

The Foreign Affairs committee was having a lovely time in Washington. Then the State Department asked about Question Period.

Leaving a meeting at the State Department late in the afternoon yesterday, I was asked by a State Department official what I thought of the doings in the House of Commons during the day’s Question Period. I confessed I had been in meetings all day and hadn’t heard. Finally on the Internet in the evening, I read the accounts of QP and of the hyper-partisan attacks. Again, it was saddening. He we were with major players, acting professional and serious with some of the high people in the American administration, while back home it was partisan business as usual. Our teams had let us down. We had put aside our differences here to make an impact, and under Mr. Sorenson’s help I think we did, but it was being eroded at home. The saddest part of it all was that it was a State Department official who alerted me to the conduct in our own Parliament. This is hokey stuff and deserves better from all of us.


 

Foreign Affairs field trip

  1. Good for Glen. If he could, he'd pull them all up by HIS bootstraps!

  2. Although many believe PR is the most important reform we could implement in our system, I believe enhancing the powers of individual MP's with respect to their parties is both urgently needed and achievable. One quick solution: hand out the $1.95 per vote to MPs or riding associations.

  3. The Speaker needs to do what he said he would do, without exception, consistently.

  4. This is yet another reason why the media really shouldn't give Question Period any attention. It's not like there are any actual answers during QP. At this point, it's all about MPs scoring points on their little battle of wits – and this is a game that only the hyper-partisan even care about.

    It's become an embarrassment to the country, and obviously it's now being noticed internationally.

  5. I am sure you meant their battle of little wits

  6. Good for Glen. If he could, he’d pull them all up by HIS bootstraps!

  7. Good grief : Glen Pearson! – oh my god some flunky in the american starte dept has a comment about hyper partisanship in our system! ROFL LMAO – I would have asked the guy or gal who were they the bag man for to get their current job what with senior staff generally being a poltical appointees and then cap it off with maybe you could televise your QP's – oops I forgot you yanks won't go there god forbid your president even meets with his MP's – oops I forgot the yanks are not a Parliament so it's all apples and oranges and the only shame here is Glen using this as an opportunity for a partisan swipe. I would have told him once you yanks start televising your inner workings of your so called democracy and then we will meet again and discuss demeanour. This touches on a persoanl pet peeve I have about our polticians not standing up for Canada in situations like this –

  8. Wayne really should be drafted for our diplomatic corps. He has the talent.

  9. Although many believe PR is the most important reform we could implement in our system, I believe enhancing the powers of individual MP’s with respect to their parties is both urgently needed and achievable. One quick solution: hand out the $1.95 per vote to MPs or riding associations.

  10. …or nitwits.

  11. Mr Pearson should be less concerned about the optics of that particular day's Question Period and more concerned about the fact that we are becoming more like the Americans every single day–more hyperpartisan under Harper and his divisive tactics. It's the big picture that matters, not the sound byte.

  12. I guess this hyperpartisanship is the sort of thing that happens when a party with an opposition mindset finds itself on the government side of the house.

  13. The Speaker needs to do what he said he would do, without exception, consistently.

  14. This is yet another reason why the media really shouldn’t give Question Period any attention. It’s not like there are any actual answers during QP. At this point, it’s all about MPs scoring points on their little battle of wits – and this is a game that only the hyper-partisan even care about.

    It’s become an embarrassment to the country, and obviously it’s now being noticed internationally.

    • I am sure you meant their battle of little wits

      • …or nitwits.

  15. Good grief : Glen Pearson! – oh my god some flunky in the american starte dept has a comment about hyper partisanship in our system! ROFL LMAO – I would have asked the guy or gal who were they the bag man for to get their current job what with senior staff generally being a poltical appointees and then cap it off with maybe you could televise your QP’s – oops I forgot you yanks won’t go there god forbid your president even meets with his MP’s – oops I forgot the yanks are not a Parliament so it’s all apples and oranges and the only shame here is Glen using this as an opportunity for a partisan swipe. I would have told him once you yanks start televising your inner workings of your so called democracy and then we will meet again and discuss demeanour. This touches on a persoanl pet peeve I have about our polticians not standing up for Canada in situations like this –

    • Wayne really should be drafted for our diplomatic corps. He has the talent.

  16. Or maybe it happens when an entitlement mindset finds itself on the opposition side of the house with about half as many seats as the gov`t.

    If Pearson thinks he`s Captain Canada then he would be more use if he would chastise his colleagues directly in front of him. Why do his colleagues with half as many members make much more noise heckling then the gov`t side ? I eagerly await the answer to this, and no doubt it will faithfully be reported in this blog

  17. Mr Pearson should be less concerned about the optics of that particular day’s Question Period and more concerned about the fact that we are becoming more like the Americans every single day–more hyperpartisan under Harper and his divisive tactics. It’s the big picture that matters, not the sound byte.

  18. I guess this hyperpartisanship is the sort of thing that happens when a party with an opposition mindset finds itself on the government side of the house.

    • Or maybe it happens when an entitlement mindset finds itself on the opposition side of the house with about half as many seats as the gov`t.
      If Pearson thinks he`s Captain Canada then he would be more use if he would chastise his colleagues directly in front of him. Why do his colleagues with half as many members make much more noise heckling then the gov`t side ? I eagerly await the answer to this, and no doubt it will faithfully be reported in this blog

  19. OH booo hooo. QP rocks.

  20. OH booo hooo. QP rocks.

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