The standing committee system and how Members of Parliament view its work

This paper is a discussion of the current state of the Parliamentary standing committee system. The findings are based on a survey conducted in April, 2010. The survey was sent to the members of six standing committees, a total of 73 Members of Parliament (MPs). 32 Members of Parliament responded, including 15 members of the government and 17 members from the opposition. Based on the findings of this survey, we observe that there is a slight disconnect between the most… Read more

Constituency Town Halls in Canada and the Role of the MP as Representative

Members of Parliament (MPs) hold multiple and varying responsibilities as representatives, legislators, and party members in Canada’s Westminster-based model of Parliament. As representatives, MPs use different methods to engage constituents and hear their views. This paper investigates the nature of citizen participation and representation in Canadian federal politics, specifically through constituency town halls organized by MPs and their staff. This work analyzes how constituency town halls contribute to the role of MPs as democratic representatives.

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