To whom our politicians answer: Elizabeth May tells us

Dear editor,

In response to the March 12 editorial titled  Who do politicians answer to?, in spite of what candidates say and would like to do as our Members of Parliament in Ottawa, they cannot. The votes in our parliament are “whipped”, that is the party leader decides and all the members must vote as instructed or face penalties – the removal of perks up to expulsion from the caucus to the backbench as an independent.

I quote from Reflections on My Life and Canada: Who We Are by Elizabeth May as she writes eloquently and more briefly that I.

“Parliament is not a bad place because of the members of parliament. It is a bad place because the large political parties have executed a complete takeover of MPs’ freedom of action and freedom of speech.” (p 168)

“What I did not understand until I was elected was that every vote is now a whipped vote… Every day on every vote, the instruction sheets from Conservative, NDP, Liberal, and Bloc Quebecois whips are placed on the desks of their respective MPs.” (p 177)

In this long lead-up to the October election, we have an opportunity to become more aware of the control of processes in our Canadian Parliament.

Amy Yakimyshyn

Comox

 

Just Posted

Dinner, dance in honour of Kenny Shaw

Comox Legion honours one of the Valley’s prominent volunteers

Comox Valley Hospice Society Ultimate Fifty/50 Raffle winner announced

James Maxwell bought his ticket at Canadian Tire

Learn about the future sewer service in Courtenay and Comox

The public is invited to learn more about the Comox Valley sewer… Continue reading

VIDEO: Whale and sea lions at play near Mitlenatch Island

It was a spectacular sight Sunday evening near Mitlenatch Island for Thomas… Continue reading

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

VIDEO: Fire destroys historic small-town B.C. restaurant

Two people were injured as fire ripped through the Hedley restaurant around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday

B.C. town’s mayoral race a tie, come down to luck of the draw

Harry Gough led incumbent Cindy Fortin by one vote on election night Saturday

Outdoor retailer MEC vows to boost diversity after online complaint

Mountain Equipment Co-op was criticized for perpetuating a white-only picture of the outdoors

Trump vilifies caravan, says he’ll cut Central American aid

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the Guatemala-Mexico border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border Sunday in southern Mexico.

Federal carbon tax rebates will exceed the cost for most people affected

Officials say 70 per cent of people in those provinces will get back more than they end up paying out as fuel costs rise to incorporate the carbon tax.

Rotating strike in Toronto will have ‘significant impact,’ says Canada Post

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities.

Cancelling Saudi Arabia arms deal would cost $1 billion: Trudeau

Canada has added its voice to global calls for answers, with Trudeau telling the CBC in an interview today that the Saudi government’s explanation of what happened lacks credibility.

Most Read