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  • Roughhousing House of Assembly Hurting Democratic Process: Democracy Watch

    Questions are being raised as to whether or not heated debate and accusations in the House of Assembly are having an impact on the democratic process.

    To say it’s been a rough and rowdy fall session in the Legislature would be an understatement.

    Government members were preoccupied this week with the recent Commissioner of Legislative Standards’ reports into complaints of harassment and bullying against former Liberal cabinet ministers Dale Kirby and Eddie Joyce.

    Cases of members rising on Points of Order have become commonplace, while accusations now have turned to leaked documents and violations of cabinet secrecy.

    Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch in Ottawa has been watching the debates unfold and says voters already have a dim view on the work carried out by elected members which have been outlined by those who refuse to vote.

    Conacher says newly elected Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie has already signaled his intention to introduce an honesty in politics law if elected. Conacher says that would be a first for the country, and should resonate with voters.

    He says every party that has promised to clean up politics and promised to stop dishonest, unethical, secretive and wasteful politicians and government officials has won more seats or won the election in every election across the country since 1993.

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