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Maybe the 2019 ballot question should be about politics itself

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Social media has supplanted the news cycle with the drama cycle and divided politicians into those who feed it and those who don’t.

In announcing Liberal MP Leona Alleslev’s defection to his party on the first day of the fall sitting of Parliament on Sept. 17, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, pictured with Ms. Alleslev that day, was giving Canadians a dose of the drama that only promises to rise in the lead-up to the 2019 election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

If you weren’t aware before last week that Canada’s federal politicians are now in election-countdown mode, the event that greeted MPs returning to the House of Commons after the summer of killer heat waves (or the “summer of failure,” depending on what you spent your vacation tweeting about) will have instantly acclimatized you to our hyper-politicized, pre-2019 environment.

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