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Rathgeber book to outline MPs’ failure to challenge government

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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber quit the Conservative caucus last year, after his private member’s bill that would have allowed public disclosure of government bureaucrat and CBC salaries higher than $188,000 was gutted, officially at committee, but actually by the Prime Minister.

MPs are failing to fulfill their primary roles as legislators and are influenced more by career advancement and party loyalty than serving their constituents as the PMO makes all the decisions, says Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, who quit the Conservative caucus last year and has written a book on the decline of democracy in Canada.

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Rathgeber book to outline MPs’ failure to challenge government

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber quit the Conservative caucus last year, after his private member’s bill that would have allowed public disclosure of government bureaucrat and CBC salaries higher than $188,000 was gutted, officially at committee, but actually by the Prime Minister.

MPs are failing to fulfill their primary roles as legislators and are influenced more by career advancement and party loyalty than serving their constituents as the PMO makes all the decisions, says Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, who quit the Conservative caucus last year and has written a book on the decline of democracy in Canada.

  

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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