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How a farm boy from Logan Township became one of the biggest procedural nerds in the House

By Rachel Aiello      

Rookie Conservative MP John Nater has written a paper on the Thursday Question, owns bound copies of Hansard, and is working on a PhD on government caucus meetings. ‘I completely accept it as nerdy,’ he says.

Conservative MP John Nater, who represents Perth-Wellington, Ont., has been able to use his procedural chops to challenge the government’s usage of and changes to the Commons rulebook, and to raise numerous points of order or questions of privilege with the House Speaker. The Hill Times photograph courtesy John Nater

For rookie Conservative MP John Nater, it all started at an auction sale in his hometown of Mitchell, Ont. He was in his early teens and his MPP Hugh Edighoffer, a former speaker in the Ontario legislature, was selling some of his collection of books, including 30 years worth of Hansard from Queen’s Park.

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