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Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report

'The House is not designed for dialogue and cross-partisan discussions,' says a new report called Lost in Translation or Just Lost? 'While Parliament is meant to be the country’s centre for democratic debate, Canada faces a fundamental problem that "decisions are made elsewhere and then imposed on this place."'

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Parliament is increasingly not relevant to Canadians, says a report by democracy think tank Samara.

There are nearly eight million words spoken in the House of Commons in a year, but they may not mean anything if Parliament is no longer relevant to Canadians, says a new report on democracy.

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Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report

'The House is not designed for dialogue and cross-partisan discussions,' says a new report called Lost in Translation or Just Lost? 'While Parliament is meant to be the country’s centre for democratic debate, Canada faces a fundamental problem that "decisions are made elsewhere and then imposed on this place."'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Parliament is increasingly not relevant to Canadians, says a report by democracy think tank Samara.

There are nearly eight million words spoken in the House of Commons in a year, but they may not mean anything if Parliament is no longer relevant to Canadians, says a new report on democracy.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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