Empty legislatures a disturbing trend for Canadian democracy: Tim Harper

By Tim Harper, the Toronto Star, 22 January 2013

Not a single prime minister, premier, federal or provincial cabinet minister was formally being held to account under our Parliamentary system anywhere, from Victoria to St. John’s, from Ottawa to Iqaluit. (...)

Canadians are disengaging from politics. That could be because they rarely see their representatives in action. Or perhaps our politicians are using this disengagement as cover for their empty legislatures. (...)

Neither conclusion is good news for those who lament the erosion of democracy in this country. (...)

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