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Fascinating new book looks at how MPs interact with constituents

By Alex Marland      

•The premise of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies is simple enough: job shadow some MPs, take notes, write a book. •The authors may not have intended it but their book’s principal importance is the research methodology. Representation in Action is destined to become a field guide for a generation of students and researchers who want to collect real-world data about parliamentarians.

Liberal MPs Francesco Sorbara, Kyle Peterson, rear, Gudie Hutchings, and Wayne Easter. The Hill Times file photograph

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—What do Canadian Members of Parliament do in their electoral districts? This is among the many questions explored in a fascinating new book studying how MPs interact with their constituents.

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