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Politicians should reclaim themselves, say authors of new book Tragedy in the Commons

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Alison Loat and Michael McMillan, authors of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. ‘There’s actually a tremendous amount of agency for a Member of Parliament, if they take it.’

Most MPs don’t know how to define their jobs, say the nomination process is “wild, unpredictable, nasty, unclean and sometimes corrupt,” they need better orientation sessions once they come to Ottawa, are treated like voting machines, and political parties and backroomers have way too much power over them. But they also wouldn’t trade it for the world, say Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, authors of the recently-released Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. 

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Politicians should reclaim themselves, say authors of new book Tragedy in the Commons

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy
Alison Loat and Michael McMillan, authors of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. ‘There’s actually a tremendous amount of agency for a Member of Parliament, if they take it.’

Most MPs don’t know how to define their jobs, say the nomination process is “wild, unpredictable, nasty, unclean and sometimes corrupt,” they need better orientation sessions once they come to Ottawa, are treated like voting machines, and political parties and backroomers have way too much power over them. But they also wouldn’t trade it for the world, say Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, authors of the recently-released Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy. 

  

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Monday, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

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Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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