Hodgson wrote:Connie Fournier wrote:To me, this has far less to do with the quality of the Opposition than the fact that Harper is deliberately insulting the intelligence of the good CPC MPs that we sent to Ottawa and using them like he would use pawns in a game of chess. We didn't elect those people to send them there to do Stephen Harper's bidding. The voters in Calgary Southwest are not the only Canadians who deserve a voice in the House of Commons.
No matter what you think about the Opposition, it is the CPC Caucus that I want to have a say in how this country is governed. You might not care if legislation is "slammed through" against the wishes of the other Parties...that, it could be argued, is exactly what you expect in a majority government. What we DON'T expect is for our own Conservative Members of Parliament to be marginalized to the point where they go to work and stand when they are told to stand and sit when they are told to sit.
Stephen Harper is NOT more intelligent than all of his caucus put together.
There's no "I" in "Team".
We don't need open air dissent in the H of C in order to have a multitude of voices sharing their opinions behind the scenes. If your MP feels they aren't being heard or respected they should leave and sit as an independent.
So, CPC MPs should take one for the team and forfeit their own votes?? In your world, a vote is equal to "open dissent"?? I don't even know how to respond to that.
If I had a CPC MP and he/she was willing to defer to the constituents in Calgary Southwest instead of taking my wishes into account, I'd be PISSED.