Ottawa

This new Parliament

Alison Loat considers the ramifications of our 110 new MPs.

The good news in this is we have a more diverse background in our politicians than we usually give ourselves credit for. Most MPs are not lawyers or former political staffers (although some are). It’s good to have fresh, diverse minds, and a relatively open political system.

However, this may also mean that our Parliament is too transient to do its job properly. As I’ve argued elsewhere, what to do about this is less clear, but at a minimum, it’s encouraging to hear that training and orientation is taking on a greater priority this year.

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