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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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Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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