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Is Canada's party discipline the strictest in the world? Experts say yes
By Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail, 7 February 2013
Almost all discourse in the Canadian Parliament is scripted by party staffers. Questions posed of the government rarely meet straight answers. Politicians vote as their party leaders dictate nearly 100 per cent of the time. Few private members’ initiatives get past first reading. (...)
Do other countries do democracy better? The answer seems to be yes – if you subscribe to the belief that MPs should be free to speak their minds and to act as the voice of their constituents. (...)
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