The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Human Code

Posted on August 7, 2012

I was honoured to host two soldiers who had just returned from Afghanistan. One asked if they could view Question Period. I hesitated. Wouldn’t you?  We all know what QP has become. “Of course,” I responded after a moment and personally ushered them to the gallery above the Chamber. I don’t need to tell you just how bad it went. The soldier’s, “Is that what we’ve been fighting for?” said it all. It was one of my most humiliating moments in Parliament. Following QP was the Foreign Affairs Committee, of which I was part. Prior to the opening members from all parties discussed the brutality of the recent QP. Some pressed for more civility; others for the Speaker to intervene more often; one implied…

Sparse Thinking

Posted on March 30, 2010

Disappointing day yesterday. I have often seen Ottawa-Orléans Conservative Royal Galipeau taking visitors on tours of the House of Commons, stopping at various stations to unfold some little known historical facts.  He’s very good at it and has even had me assist him on a couple of occasions. His respect for Parliament has impressed me over the last three years. Until yesterday. What was he thinking when he opted to Tweet about how sparse Bloc and Liberal MPs were in the House on certain afternoons?  He knows well enough that his own party adopts exactly the same practice week in and week out. Numerous committee meetings are held in the afternoon, along with an endless stream of petitioners seeking assistance in one file or…