House of irrelevance

Amy Minsky looks at the state of the House.

Now, Canadians are left with a House of Commons where a vast majority of the members have been emasculated, eroded to the point where they often feel they can’t vote with their conscience, Cameron said. “Of course, parliamentarians do more work than sit in Question Period, or stand to vote, but that work is done in committees and caucus meetings, which is less visible to the public,” he said. “So we’ve weakened Parliament, and with it, a pillar of accountability in the system.” 

As a consequence, a certain degree of disengagement, disenchantment and disillusionment with politics has spread among the public. 

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