Brent Rathgeber is a lawyer, a former Alberta MLA, and a current Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St.Albert. He will be running for re-election as an Independent as federal party politics have degraded to a point that is not acceptable in his view. Mr. Rathgeber has always felt the primary role of those elected to represent constituents is to do just that. Represent the views and opinions of those that sent him, not to represent the views of the party back to his constituents. Having built a formidable reputation in the matters of human rights before the courts as a lawyer, there is no other way in his view. On June 5th, 2013, Brent resigned from the Conservative caucus due to its lack of commitment to transparency and open government.
In September 2014, Brent published his first book, “Irresponsible Government- The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy In Canada”. It chronicles the devolution of Parliamentary supremacy and transition to Executive Government, and provides prescriptions for re-calibrating power between the elected Parliament and the unelected Prime Minister’s Office.
In November 2014, Brent was awarded the honour of “Member of Parliament who best represents his constituents” by Maclean’s magazine. This award is voted on by all Members of Parliament and recognizes his ability to represent constituents more effectively when freed from party positions and discipline.
The party system makes it trying to run as an Independent with different rules and limits. Mr. Rathgeber joins us to speak on the hurdles for him, and for all of Canada in this current state of executive domination over our Westminster Parliament.
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