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Loosen parties’ grip on backbenchers, say former MPs in sweeping, new Samara report

By Beatrice Paez      

The partisan theatrics that characterize debate in Question Period have spilled over into committees, which have taken on a scripted air, according to report from Samara Canada.

Under former prime minister Stephen Harper, backbenchers saw their ability to take a more independent stance, even at the committee level, diminish, according to a new report from Samara Canada. The Hill Times file photograph
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Many former parliamentarians grew increasingly disillusioned with the political process over their tenure as it became clear that protection of the party brand superseded their ability to make independent calls, according to a new study published Tuesday. In Flip the Script, a new report from Samara Canada, a non-profit organization that promotes civic engagement in politics, interviewed 54 former MPs from all political parties who served in the previous Parliament when prime minister Stephen Harper was in power.

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