Idea alert

Belinda Stronach calls for a roaming Parliament.

I think we should consider some radical adjustments to the way that Parliament does its business,” she said. “We could, for example, institute video-conferencing and afford people the option to participate in committees or caucus meetings by video-conferencing. We now have the reliable technology and it’s used elsewhere, all the time, for distance work.”

Similarly, she asked why in this day and age, MPs actually have to be physically present in the Commons to cast a vote. “We could even put in place electronic distance voting in the House. This would allow a greater number of women and men to feel more able to balance family and public service,” she said.

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