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2012-03-15 at 13:45

Hyer hopes motion will reduce Parliament partisanship

By Leith Dunick,
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NDP MP Bruce Hyer is trying to make it easier for cross-party co-operation on private-members bills and motions in the House of Commons.

The Superior-North representative on Thursday re-tabled a motion that would allow co-sponsorship of cross-party bills, changing the Standing Orders rules of Parliament.

“Parliament is getting more and more partisan, more and more dysfunctional,” Hyer states in a release.

“The tribal bickering and political games have a real cost. It’s hard to build support for good bills or motions when other parties are reluctant to see an MP from another party achieve success. Solutions often get delayed or killed.”

Hyer adds that he was the victim of this exact type of behaviour last year, when his private member bill introducing the Climate Change and Accountability Act, was axed.

He added of 441 private member bills introduced in the last Parliament, only four survived to receive royal assent.

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gusto says:
I thought Bad Boy Bruce was in a time-out?
3/15/2012 2:01:01 PM
DGN says:
A Member of Parliament cannot be sanctioned from introducing legislation or private members bills. His sanctions are internal to the party only, such as committee work or travel that does not involve the riding or Ottawa. Otherwise, I believe, the two Thunder Bay area MP's can continue to do their jobs as usual.
3/15/2012 3:56:34 PM
TBDR says:
this is one time I actually support something he's said...
3/15/2012 3:28:13 PM
tsb says:
I hope this effort turns out better than the other two or three times he has tried to make parliament more bi-partisan.
3/15/2012 7:01:18 PM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:
3/15/2012 8:37:04 PM
DGN says:
I hope you like your health care and human rights. By the way, those are just a couple of the small things the NDP have accomplished.
3/17/2012 1:52:34 AM
Bertpeal says:
Mr Rickford comes to the community with substantial funding for our Medical research facilities at the Regional Hospital and the Private sector labs and Mr Hyer is about to sponsors a MOTION not Bill on Partisanship. Thank you Mr Rickford we'll the funding. In the meantime our two MP's are muzzled not only by their own party but their inability to be effective such as Mr Rickford has been in his Kenora riding and both Thunder Bay riding's by actually bringing Federal money into the community. That' what I call being a effective MP. A motion to eliminate [partisanship? You've got to be kidding?
3/16/2012 2:45:57 PM
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