Parliament Has A Week Off After Parliamentarians Had An Off Week

Today is March 3 and Parliament is on a break or “constituency” week. I am on a much needed holiday for three days in Jasper, Alberta. I say much needed because last week in Parliament was extremely frustrating, really enforcing my long held belief that our Parliament is dysfunctional, if not broken beyond repair.   Three critical votes last week have reinforced this inescapable conclusion. I was on the losing side of all three. On Monday night, Parliament by a considerable margin voted in favour of C – 51, the government’s apparently popular, but much maligned, anti-terrorism legislation. On Tuesday evening, Parliament narrowly defeated a Liberal Motion to establish an all-party committee to study, and report back by July, on the morally challenging topic of physician-assisted suicide. Finally, on Wednesday, Parliament overwhelmingly approved of a private member’s bill [the Reform Act 2014], which in its original form would have recalibrated…