Do MPs generally have too little experience or too much?
Ned Franks takes on the blight of omnibus legislation.
In far too short a period, the House and Senate finance committees examining C-9 had to inform themselves and vote on
Joan Bryden surveys the results of this session.
As of today, only two appropriation bills — important but routine pieces of legislation that ensure the government has money to operate
How the House Afghanistan committee can avoid becoming a “leaky sieve”
Canwest rounds up the reviews of Mr. Milliken’s ruling. Ned Franks and Errol Mendes columnize their thoughts.
From the House, I would note (as I did) that when the Speaker
Alison Loat pulls together various strands to consider turnover and experience in the House of Commons.
So is it a problem? Maybe, maybe not. It’s a good thing to have
Spoke to Ned Franks just now. Here’s the essential gist of our conversation.
Q: So if the NDP comes in and says, just lays out legislation that says, essentially, the
Alison Loat graciously passed along the Ned Franks essay she noted a couple times last week and now Prof. Franks has graciously passed along his blessing to post that essay
With greater perspective than ours, professor Ned Franks reviews the state of Parliament’s sitting.
*From 1969-1973, Parliament sat an average of 163 days/year
*1974-1978, 156 days/year
*1980-1983, 139 days/year
Janice MacKinnon, Rick Salutin, Jeffrey Simpson, Susan Delacourt and Ned Franks talk with Steve Paikin about the utility or futility of our current Parliament.
Ned Franks talks to Steve Paikin about the state of Parliament.
Preston Manning appeals to a general need for renewal in Ottawa.
Whatever the content of a “fresh start plan,” its necessity will never be accepted by politicians until we accept
Ned Franks considers that minor democratic crisis of some months ago.
The Conservatives were governing with the support of less than 40 per cent of the electorate. Nevertheless, they mounted
The best, worst and merely laughable of the recently completed Parliamentary session
The Scene. Late last week, at the press conference he’d called to formally reject the Liberal green plan
In the print edition this week there are two pages under this byline on the enigmatic Peter Van Loan, thus marking the 376th time I’ve referred to the government House