The former prime minister is generally unimpressed.
“There was more respect in the House of Commons, and as a result those of us in the House in the ’60s and ’70s across party lines worked more collaboratively and more friendly. We had meals and drinks together and the mood was good. It was not as caustic as it is today.”
The effect on Canadians, watching from the outside, has been alarming. “It turns them off. It discourages young men and women from running for Parliament. ”Who wants to be a member of Parliament when the job isn’t worth anything any more?” said Turner, insisting that the time for wholesale change is now.