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MP Martin's mace-grabbing incident raises bigger issue about dangerous hollowing out of Canadian Parliamentary democracy

Canadian Alliance MP Keith Martin recently picked up the ceremonial mace of the House of Commons as a protest against what he sees as the undermining of Parliamentary democracy in Canada. His action was contrary to tradition, the House censured him and he subsequently apologized. In terms of the politics of the moment the incident is closed but it raises bigger questions about the connection between democratic symbols and reality. And about the dangerous hollowing out of Canadian Parliamentary democracy.

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MP Martin's mace-grabbing incident raises bigger issue about dangerous hollowing out of Canadian Parliamentary democracy

Canadian Alliance MP Keith Martin recently picked up the ceremonial mace of the House of Commons as a protest against what he sees as the undermining of Parliamentary democracy in Canada. His action was contrary to tradition, the House censured him and he subsequently apologized. In terms of the politics of the moment the incident is closed but it raises bigger questions about the connection between democratic symbols and reality. And about the dangerous hollowing out of Canadian Parliamentary democracy.

  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE