QP Live: June is when MPs sit late and vote lots

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Welcome to June, when Parliament gets serious about passing bills into law. In 2011, the new government muscled six bills through the legislative process. The next year, Governor General David Johnston signed a dozen bills into law. Last year, as the summer barbecue circuit beckoned, the House of Commons and Senate sent 28 bills to the Governor General’s desk. He granted Royal Assent to 19 bills in a single day (June 19), and another nine on June 26. Kady O’Malley predicts the annual tradition will resume later this week. Canadian school kids deserve their own cartoon primer, screened widely each June, that would make sense of the legislative rush. For now, parliamentarians ought to warm up for voting season, when they stand again and again and again in a wholly predictable, but symbolically grand declaration of our democratic process.

Maclean’s is your home for the daily political theatre that is Question Period. If you’ve never watched, check out our primer. Today, QP runs from 2:15 p.m. until just past 3. We livestream and liveblog all the action.



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QP Live: June is when MPs sit late and vote lots

  1. I think Toms memory is a little short about coalitions. It was the NDP who voted with the Cons to take the Grits down in 2006.

  2. I find Tom Mulcair is breaking decorum in the HOCs by changing the way questions are being asked in QP. It seems the benefit to Mr. Mulcair is the TV ratings. Why aren’t his MPs asking questions, are they now becoming trained seals ?

  3. Why has, what should be the most important part of Parliament for the ordinary citizens become such a circus? Why are we beaten into submission with inane talking points, why will out elected Prime Minister and his Cabinet not answer those questions asked of them by we the people they are sworn to serve, why the partisan rah rah’s from so called intelligent people who have been elected to “Serve Our Needs” when all they do regardless of party affiliation is serve their own or party needs? Why do we assume when politician’s opens their mouths that lies or at least willful obfuscation will distort any inherent truth, why have our politicians of all stripes become such pariahs in the minds of we the electorate and our less than stellar showing during election time. Time to tell our leaders to lead from behind we the electorate for a while.

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