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Free the Newfoundland Two

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Michael Ignatieff on the Newfoundland Two.

“Lets not talk about discipline yet. If there is discrimination against and broken faith with Newfoundland, we are going to make our position very clear to the prime minister and in the House.”

At the risk of asking a silly question, why talk about discipline at all? Shouldn’t discipline be reserved for actual wrongdoing? And can voting as you see fit—and, theoretically, in the bests interests of your constituents—ever be classified as wrongdoing? If the Prime Minister or, in this case, the leader of the opposition, want a piece of legislation passed, isn’t the onus on them to persuade a sufficient number of MPs to vote their way?