Prime Minister Harper’s 1998 view of MPs

Stephen Harper – Sept. 1, 1998

“Most MPs are bit players in today’s parliamentary system, with the average backbencher merely acting as an ombudsman for constituents on non-partisan issues and as a local sales representative for his/her political party on the big issues”.

This could have been last week!”


Great interview with Canadian Conservative Back Bencher

This is a great interview with a Canadian Conservative back bencher. The questions continue:

What is the role of the MP?

Who does the MP represent?

Where do the loyalties of an MP lie?

The Harper Government is demonstrating why Independent Candidates are vital for democracy.



Party candidates are a guarantee of no representation in Parilament


Have a look at this interesting article and the comments. This is evidence of:

1. The end of the Conservative Party governing Canada; and

2. Evidence that Independents will be rising in the next election!

Independent candidates – start your engines now! Mr. Harper is going to put you on the map!

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NDPWatch: Why suddenly so concerned about floor crossing, Official Opposition?

Note: The following meanderings originally appeared on twitter, but have been tweaked, extended and edited for readability.

Enthusiastic party press releases to the contrary, the next NDP-backed private members’ bill headed for the floor of the House does not, in fact, “ban” floor crossing outright, but would trigger an automatic byelection when an MP “becomes a member of a registered party” that did not endorse his or her candidacy in the election. Continue reading

Remarkable – The NDP tables bill to prevent floor crossing

This is truly remarkable. Note the jutification.

November 2, 2011

OTTAWA – New Democrat MPs Mathieu Ravignat (Pontiac) and Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore) tabled a Private Member’s Bill today to prevent MPs from changing political affiliations during their term.

“Members shouldn’t play petty politics and think only of their career, by changing political parties whenever they like,” said Ravignat. “MPs were elected personally, and under their party banner. We must ensure that members are accountable to their constituents.”

If adopted, this bill will prevent Members of Parliament from changing their party affiliation during their mandate. A member who wishes to leave their party would either have to sit as an independent or run in a by-election.

This bill was introduced by Peter Stoffer in the last Parliament.

“I am happy to support my colleague who is bringing the issue back to Parliament,” said Stoffer. “At the present time, any member can cross the House without accountability to their constituents. We are determined to prevent this from happening once and for all.”