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‘I’m asking my fellow MPs to imagine a Parliament that functions well’


 

The NDP’s Denise Savoie has officially entered the race to be the next Speaker of the House. From the news release:

“I’m running for Speaker with a singular focus on raising the tone and quality of debate in Parliament, to restore the trust that Canadians deserve to have in their politicians and democratic institutions,” said Savoie.

 As Assistant Deputy Speaker in the last Parliament Savoie launched a number of explicitly non-partisan initiatives aimed at fostering constructive and informed discussion on important topics, including workshops on climate change and the first all-party Parliamentary Arts Caucus. “I’m asking my fellow MPs to imagine a Parliament that functions well – where debate is not focused on scoring points, but rather on creating better, more inclusive public policy,” said Savoie.

As a fluently bilingual Franco-Manitoban who has lived in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and now in British Columbia, Savoie brings a pan-Canadian perspective to the Speaker’s Chair.

Of the seven MPs who are now in the race—Savoie, Andrew Scheer, Lee Richardson, Ed Holder, Barry Devolin, Merv Tweed and Dean Allison—five voted in favour of Michael Chong’s motion on Question Period reform. Mr. Scheer was in the Speaker’s chair at the time of the vote and Mr. Holder’s vote was paired.


 

‘I’m asking my fellow MPs to imagine a Parliament that functions well’

  1. The Harper Government™ just might bite. It would give them something to point to when “partisans” complain about shutting down Insite, eliminating the vote subsidy but not the tax deduction for party contributions, stacking the Senate with his losers, etc. I call it the Doer Gambit — it’s safe to strategically appoint a lefty every once in a while as long as it’s to a job that ends.

    • Not to mention that rulings of “contempt of parliament” from the office of the Speaker are much easier to dismiss as “partisan attacks” when the Speaker is a member of the opposition.