The time is now

David Eaves writes to the new class of MPs.

Maybe you will have an opportunity to be in government, and even cabinet (and even if you do, even these positions are so controlled by the PMO as to have varying degrees of autonomy). But the reality is. It isn’t likely. Few people get into cabinet. Still more starkly, many people don’t get re-elected (it happens to even the best of politicians). You may think you are playing a long game, but the truth is, the opportunity to be difficult, to demand change in how the house works, to cause a fuss, is now. Not tomorrow. If you wait, you may think you’ll be able to change the house one day in the future, but in reality, the house will change you. The best way to change our house of parliament is to have a group of young MPs angry, hungry, carefree and naive enough to simply demand it. That’s you. That’s right now.




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The time is now

  1. Yeah, you never know when something will come along and ruin your reputation.

  2. Jeepers…sic em!

  3. I couldn't disagree more

    • And as much as I hate Harper, he's the best example of why this is wrong.

  4. Please tell me the newly elected MPs will have loftier goals for change than "how the house works". If you need to let some asinine heckling continue so that you can strengthen pensions right away, or whatever your particular noble policy idea is, please know that you have my full support to let the house work as it is if that in any way helps you move public policy forward.

    • I'm not sure how heckling is supposed to move public policy forward, particularly in a majority context.

      • Let's assume the leadership asks you to show up and make some noise in the House for some vote or other. Do you show up and make some noise and save your arguments with the leadership for a substantive policy issue dear to your heart or do you spend your political capital arguing against showing up and making noise? Question Period is a mess but it's not the most important mess the country needs to address. If you can do both, great. But let's be realistic – the news clips are still going to show QP and the two sides will still have to show their voters that they're in there fighting for them, or whatever slogan the parties use over the next four years.

  5. You new, young, inexperienced MP's – you are the ones who will fix Ottawa. That is kind of scary.

    • In the sciences it’s axiomatic that significant new paradigms are resisted by the current generation, who find them to be heretical, and subsequently embraced by the next, who consider them to be practically self-evident.

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