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Making Parliament More Functional and Relevant

Sep 16 2010

Presenting the Keynote Address at the Question Question Period conference Ed Broadbent gives his thoughts on improving the civility and functionality of Parliament - both through rules changes and electoral reforms. He argues that in order to make Parliament more relevant for Canadians we must ensure that it serves its intended purpose as a platform for honest, articulate debate. The House of Commons, he suggests, should be able to accommodate political conviction without the unruly behavior we see today. But, he notes that our current party system and method of electing MPs hampers efforts to reduce the animosity in the House - major structural reforms in these areas, he argues, are needed.