Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reform Question Period?

Conservative MP Michael Chong has taken it on to him to reform Question Period. Personally, the first thing that comes to mind when I think about Question Period is Government House Leader John Baird. When he yells back at the opposition, it's the ultimate symbol of Question Period. Let's face it: Question Period has turned into a zoo. More time for questions would be welcome, as there would be more deliberation and less screaming. Also, the end of heckling is needed.
Inspired by public disenchantment with politics, a perception that Question Period lacks substance, and the transformation of MPs into mere partisan cheerleaders mugging for TV, Conservative MP Michael Chong has proposed six changes to the rules regarding Question Period. Some are sensible ways to make Question Period better, but care must be taken to preserve the cut and thrust of parliamentary debate; decorum need not exclude emotion or fiery rhetoric.
Read more at the Globe and Mail.
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