Parliament needs a democracy check-up, says new report

By Bea Vongdouangchanh, the Hill Times, 4 February 2013

There are nearly eight million words spoken in the House of Commons in a year, but they may not mean anything if Parliament is no longer relevant to Canadians, says a new report on democracy.

“A far more serious threat to Parliament than declining decorum is simply that the over eight million words accumulated over a year of debate may not really matter because Parliament itself doesn’t really matter,” says a report by democracy think tank Samara, called Lost in Translation or Just Lost?: Canadians’ Priorities and the House of Commons. (...)

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