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It has been said that Members of Parliament are not employees of the House of Commons but are deemed as self-employed. That is a half truth which obfuscates their real duty and obligations. It is true they are not employees of the House of Commons, they are in the employ of the constituents whom they represent.
MPs start off with a base salary of $160,000. Much of the time and work MPs do on Parliament Hill is political party business which has little benefit for Joe Cannuck. As a matter of fact political parties are a distraction from good government and a cause of partisan legislation which can be detrimental to Canada as a whole and very often serves only a favoured few. Political parties have no place in the House of Commons or the Senate.
Who pays the Member’s of Parliament salary. Their salaries come out of the public purse. That being so, Members of Parliament work for the public, individually each works for his/her constituents. Why then are they in any manner allowed to be serving their political party? The political party is not paying their salary, supplying them with office space, paying their travel expenses, housing allowance, nor contributing to their pensions. Why then are they conducting party business on the public dime?
There should be no party line caucus meetings at Parliament. If they want a caucus meeting to discuss party policy, let them rent space down the street, off public property and hold a meeting on their own time.
The Prime Minister’s office, which the public provides and pays for, is for Government business only not party business. If a party wants an office in Ottawa, let them rent space in the office building down town and hire their own office staff. The staff in the PMO are paid for by the public and are therefore limited to public, parliamentary business only.
Proper governance does not need to be told how to legislate. All party whips must be excused from their position, they serve only party business not Parliamentary business, they are not required in a true democracy with free, impartial voting. If voting on government legislation is not free, it is not legitimate and should not become law.