The Road to Civility
MPs agree to curb question period shenanigans
OTTAWA — A strong majority of Canada's federal politicians, stung by their own embarrassing behaviour in Parliament, have decided it's time to cut back on the shenanigans of question period.
On Wednesday evening, MPs voted by a 235-44 margin to pass a motion proposed by Conservative MP Michael Chong designed to elevate the deteriorating decorum in the daily 45-minute session.
Chong's proposals now go to committee, where MPs will spend 6 months hitting each other over the head as they study and debate them.
For more on reforming QP, the Public Policy Forum has some ideas up on their website, and a poll showing what Canadians think about QP.