Time for a parliamentary time-out 0
It's a good thing that Andrew Scheer, the speaker for the House of Commons, has four young children. Given the antics in Parliament over the past few weeks, it's no doubt been great job training. Name-calling, cyber bullying and tearful apologies - all things that happen in both an 8th grade classroom and the House of Commons.
Politics isn't known for playing nice but lately it's been downright ugly. Keeping on top of the latest drama and scandals from our nation's frozen capital has become a dizzying experience. Accusations, revelations, admissions of guilt, resignations and apologies seem to have become part of the weekly motions on the Hill.
A few weeks ago it was "Vikileaks" that occupied the headlines and Twitter feeds. It turns out all you need to create a full-blown scandal in Ottawa is 140 characters and an anonymous twitter account. Quite a stir was caused when someone spent a few days tweeting the contents of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' divorce affidavit in an alleged protest of the government's controversial Internet privacy legislation.
The stunt was short-lived but the outrage lives on since it was revealed that this cyber sleaze was the handiwork of a Liberal staffer. The aftermath has been a cycle of apologies, acceptances of apologies and demands for more apologies.
At least 8th graders know how to resolve things quick and easy: everybody outside for a snowball fight.
The transition to Ottawa's next scandal has been impressively seamless: "Robocall" is the latest on the docket. To be fair, this one is far more serious than Vikileaks and should be properly investigated.
It's even prompted a protest in our own backyard - a group gathered in Vancouver over the weekend to demand and inquiry into Robocall-gate.
During all these scandals, the Ottawa media is on the sidelines, pen and paper in hand, with smiles on their faces, kicking a bit of fuel into the fire. These types of stories make for far juicier content than what happened during a parliamentary finance committee.
Meanwhile Canadians are busy making things work in their lives: earning money for their families, and worrying about college tuitions and retirement.
We elect MPs to go to Ottawa and make things work for Canada but the endless procession of distracting scandals and schoolyard antics only reinforces the cynicism that so many people already have for electoral politics.
Playtime is over. It's time to get to work.