Thursday, April 21, 2011


Leave it to Jack Layton to attempt to score political points by proposing an absurd policy. Just like the time he wanted to control ATM fees, this time he is proposing to fine MPs who fail to attend more that half the votes in Parliament. Think about what Jack Layton is actually saying. MPs will be paid $150,000 a year if they attend more than half the votes in Parliament and only (?) $149,000 a year if they attend none. This is Layton's "solution" to Parliament's dysfunction? It will probably have the opposite effect, now that such a low price has been assigned to actually attending Parliament.

I have a better idea: Let's abolish the party system. Maybe then, Canadians will have true representation in Parliament, rather than Parliament being a gathering of trained seals:

Layton wants $1,000 fine for MPs who miss half of Commons votes

Postmedia News
April 21, 2011 7:01 AM

NDP leader Jack Layton wants to crack down on MPs who don't show up for work by subjecting those who miss half the votes in the House of Commons to a $1,000 fine.

NDP leader Jack Layton wants to crack down on MPs who don't show up for work by subjecting those who miss half the votes in the House of Commons to a $1,000 fine.
Photograph by: Chris Wattie, Reuters

OTTAWA — NDP leader Jack Layton announced plans Thursday to crack down on members of Parliament who don't show up to work.

Under his plan, MPs who miss half the votes in the House of Commons would be subject to a $1,000 fine.

"Canadians expect their elected MPs to show up to Parliament and vote on their behalf. That's why they send us to Ottawa," he said in a statement. "It's an insult to voters to consistently and deliberately avoid voting on the issues that matter to them. My proposal ensures that if you don't show up, you will pay a price."

While he believes most MPs work hard and have good reasons when they miss votes, he's hopeful his proposal will "restore public confidence in Parliament."

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has been a key target of the NDP's crusade against absentee MPs.

Earlier this week, the party issued a statement attacking Ignatieff for missing 70 per cent of votes in 2010.
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Anonymous said...

And that (abolishing the political party system) would be the best thing ever to happen to democracy in Canada. Even the MPs agree with that.


Dr Mike said...

Step 1 -- abolish all political parties

If you can`t do that proceed to step 2

Step 2 -- fine each MP from the governing party for each broken election promise---fine must be 10% of their base salary for each year while in gov`t

Step 3 -- fine the political party that is running the gov`t $2,346,465.34 fro each broken election promise---a one-time thing fro each promise broken.

Step 4 -- once the governing party & it`s MPs are flat broke , then we get rid of the parties for sure as any other party taking it`s place will be flat broke as well in time.

Have a great day

Dr Mike Popovich

Anonymous said...

Well... it's a good solution for Canadians: trivial and petty-minded.

Canadian nitwits got twisted-off about Adscam costing millions but don't notice that Harper has b*gg*red Canada for b*ll*ons.

Vowels cost a loonie-toonie, eh?

Anonymous said...

Trained seals that take all their directions from the Corporate Elite.

The only time our politicians even listen to (as opposed to act in the best interests of) the voters is for a few minutes during an election campaign.

What a corrupt, undemocratic oligarchy we live in. The CCCE rules and that seems to suit all of the political parties just fine.

Anonymous said...

Jack better be ducking from the tomatoes in the next few days.