The 300,000-word club

With the House expected to rise for the holidays any day now, we pause to note that the NDP’s Jim Maloway has officially committed more than 300,000 words to the official record over the past year, more than three times as many as the next most-verbose member. By my count that’s something like 2,600 words per day the House was in session, which is more than 22 of his colleagues have spoken for the entirety of those 117 sitting days.

Mr. Maloway is a constant presence in the House and an eager contributor to debates—perhaps to an odd degree, but mostly, it seems to me, to his credit. The House could probably not withstand too many more MPs of his verbiage, but it is surely better off for every MP who is excited by the process.

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