How to make the House a little bit safer for Mark Warawa -

How to make the House a little bit safer for Mark Warawa

Take the power away from the parties


In regards to this, here is how the guide to House practice and procedure explains how MPs are selected to stand and deliver statements during the time reserved each day for statements by members.

The opportunity to speak during Statements by Members is allocated to private Members of all parties. In according Members the opportunity to participate in this period, the Chair is guided by lists provided by the Whips of the various parties and attempts to recognize those Members supporting the government and those Members in opposition on an equitable basis.

Nothing in Standing Order 31 establishes that the Speaker be so guided. And so the Speaker should simply abandon party lists and ask MPs to submit their names to his office, at which point MPs will be called on in the order that their submissions arrive (with the same allowance made for a balance each day between government and opposition statements).

This would also have the effect of making it a bit harder for parties to stack those 15 minutes each day with partisan harangues.


How to make the House a little bit safer for Mark Warawa

  1. Who listens anyways except journalists!

    • I listen. I am a retired IT guy, with an interest in history and the way our civic institutions work, and I am not a journalist. Don’t assume that others are indifferent even if you think they might be.

      • well said NC ;)
        We do listen, might I suggest you do the same. It might help you make an “informed” decision rather than one based on “attack-ads” and mis-spin-fomation pumped out to the masses to dull them on the real issues.

  2. why can’t the speaker ‘punish’ abusers of Member Statements’ with suspension? You don’t even have to do it in real time, just review the statements after each day’s statements.

    • But that would mean that looking back and over time, all MP’s would have been suspended by now. But maybe that’s what you would want.

      • Maybe that’s what we need. Until they learn proper, parliamentary behaviour, then I say suspend the lot!

  3. Ya know, you’re missing the story about rebellion in the Con party.

    • Hey, don’t forget about Ms.May. The lady in waiting is now seconds in demand.

  4. SO31s provide backbench MPs with a great opportunity to practice delivering talking points. This practice gives them the experience they need before they can graduate to more important positions that require even stricter adherence to delivering talking points (e.g. MP debates on TV segments, parliamentary secretary positions and of course junior minister positions).

  5. Good idea, Aaron. I would point out that these issues could have been remedied from 2004-2011 when a minority government would have been at the will of the Opposition should the latter had wanted to amend the Standing Orders. They didn’t. Doesn’t excuse Conservative message control, but another example that the issue is systemic, not partisan.

  6. Another idea: When there’s a dignitary in the Gallery announce it before QP, not after. “I draw attention of the House to the gallery where the President of Finland/Finance Minister from Manitoba/impressionable children is sitting. Behave yourself accordingly”