Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Road to Civility

Good news from Ottawa (you don't hear that a lot do you?), as our MPs take a step towards creating rules to force themselves to act like grown ups:

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.

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9 Comments:

  • Harper wasn't there to vote.

    Nice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:09 AM  

  • These changes to the motion are worth a read:

    http://www.cbc.ca/politics/insidepolitics/2010/10/makingparliamentworkwatch-now-thats-how-you-gut-a-private-members-motion.html

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:02 AM  

  • Anyone know why the BQ voted against the motion?

    By Blogger william, at 11:31 AM  

  • @william

    Cause they're a-holes.

    Actually it should be used by all parties against them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 AM  

  • Yeah, it's not really clear why the Bloc was against this. I can't really see why they'd object to at least studying this other than it's not in their best interest to make parliament work.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:57 AM  

  • Anon 11:02 am: I believe that motion was defeated. The bill will go ahead in its original version.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:59 AM  

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