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House Speaker candidates should campaign publicly, says NDP pundit

But Parliamentary expert Ned Franks says The Speaker is for the MPs, not for the public.

Parliament should take the campaign for House Speaker out of closed caucus rooms and in front of news cameras to shed some light on the process for Canadians, says a high-profile former NDP spokesperson and Parliamentary procedure junkie, but traditionalists aren't keen to shine the floodlights on a process they say is meant to be for MPs only.

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House Speaker candidates should campaign publicly, says NDP pundit

But Parliamentary expert Ned Franks says The Speaker is for the MPs, not for the public.

Parliament should take the campaign for House Speaker out of closed caucus rooms and in front of news cameras to shed some light on the process for Canadians, says a high-profile former NDP spokesperson and Parliamentary procedure junkie, but traditionalists aren't keen to shine the floodlights on a process they say is meant to be for MPs only.

  

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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
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GRIC directors feel the chill.
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From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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