John Ivison: For 18 Liberal MPs, the love affair with politics is over

A Liberal MP said the committee system is structured to keep MPs busy but they rarely manage to change legislation that has emerged fully formed from the Prime Minister’s Office

Excerpt: “His frustration was not limited to caucus meetings. He said the committee system is structured to keep MPs busy but they rarely manage to change legislation that has emerged fully formed from the Prime Minister’s Office.

In addition, most government MPs revile question period. As one parliamentary secretary said: “When the House is sitting, I have 30 hours of wasted time every week, if you include question period, which I do. I have to squeeze in everything else around this parliamentary stuff.”

Another said that he was prepped for question period by his minister’s communications team. “I was force-fed lines to memorize. I felt ridiculous reading the lines in the House. It is BS for soundbites. It may be relevant to people in ministers’ offices but for most Canadians, it’s ridiculous.”

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