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The View Up Here looks at the dysfunctional norms of the House of Commons

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Canadians have been witness to the steady decline of Parliament for decades now. Non-attendance, scheduled stunts or traditionally blasphemous behavior in the House. The wholesale decline of the Senate. The hijacking and handcuffing of committees. The general assertion that Parliament is now a tool for the party in power to sell their brand. Not to govern. Not to be held to account. Not to explain behavior and policy to the OWNERS of the place - Canadians.

Of course, to learned watchers and average citizens alike, this is nothing new. But the naked contempt, the arrogant defiance, the indifference to tradition has been raised to never before seen levels by Emperor and the Corporate Pacification Committee (CPC). The core principles of the Westminster Parliament have been eroded and discarded to make things easier for the most corrupt Government in Canadian history.

Nothing is more visible and symptomatic of this than the facade of the Speaker of the House of Commons. The last week has shown this once again to Canadians and the world. No other legislative chamber based on the British system has such a farce charged with keeping decorum, focus and relevance on the business of the nation. Andrew Scheer has brought new lows to the position. But he has hardly done it on his own or without direction. The Speaker is supposed to be impartial, treating all Members of Parliament with equal respect and regard. It takes one question exchange from Question Period to see this. A far cry from the Commons of the United Kingdom, where the Speaker has and does tell the Prime Minister when he is out of line and he shall be silent. Imagine that here. If you can.

Join us to discuss this stain on our public portrayal to Canadians and the world. It is time for the pendulum to swing back. Calls welcome and encouraged tonight, lets hear what Canadians have to say!