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What if Question Period featured better questions? Just asking

By Susan Riley      

A shift to questions that spring from open-minded inquiry would only make the government’s non-answers look more shabby and inadequate. Reform has to start somewhere. The daily show is getting intolerably stale, even for its most dedicated audience.

It's show time: Prime Minister fields a question during Question Period earlier this year. The House resumes sitting on Jan. 29. If you are eager to revisit the well-tilled matter of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Aga Khan’s island—TWO Christmases ago—you may be entertained. If you are more outraged by Trudeau’s broken promise to restore door-to-door mail delivery, than you are interested in how to fix a misfiring postal service, QP is your ticket, writes Susan Riley. PMO photograph

CHELSEA, QUE.—What political junkie isn’t thrilled for the return of Question Period after every seasonal break, well, until the first question, at least? Whatever the topic, the gist of opposition queries remains the same: what kind of unethical, hypocritical, lying screw-ups are you people, anyway?

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