'[Being an MP] gives you a great deal of satisfaction to feel that you can help people,' said former Conservative MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who will be running in the October election after her defeat in a 2017 by-election.
Former MPs Svend Robinson (NDP), Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Conservative), Lawrence Toet (Conservative), and Andrew Cash (NDP) are all vying to return to the House in October. The Hill Times file photographs
For former NDP MP Andrew Cash, giving up after his narrow loss in 2015 to Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz was never an option.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.