Parliamentary ethics

The me-first-ism, shenanigans and refusal of the prime minister to answer questions all point the deterioration of parliamentary ethics.

Trevor Wicks’ recent letter points precisely to the current situation. The ‘me-first-ism’ leading to almost complete collapse of the Mulroney Conservatives; the Liberal shenanigans exposed by the Gomery Inquiry; and now the squirming refusal of the prime minister to answer questions about that $90,000 cheque; all point to a long-running deterioration of parliamentary ethics.

However, while applauding Wicks’ desire to involve the best and most experienced individuals to cooperate and advise government, I fear his National Parliamentary Coalition would inevitably be infiltrated and overwhelmed by the same big financial and business lobbies that now dominate the party system.

How could they be kept out? Their personal and corporate party donations already command government compliance, as the un-mandated free trade deals, the enormous tax-payer-funded bank bail-outs, and the “privatize everything” movements testify. Now, the prime minister’s stated intention is to totally eliminate all public funding of parties, enabling wealthy donours to simply buy the policies they want. It is very clear which way the wind is blowing.

The real weakness of parliament and legislatures lies in the calibre of the elected MPs and MLAs. If status, pay and pensions are their chief motivation, the incipient fascism now visible will become locked-in. Caucus control is already at a dangerous level and the crying need is for a parliament which thinks, considers and expresses a great deal more bloody-minded outspoken independence than we see today.

In the long run, it is the elected MPs who must do the job they are elected to do and not just be tame ‘yes’ men.

Russ VindenErrington

Just Posted

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read