By Letter to the Editor on August 13, 2017.
If the purpose of a Member of Parliament is to hold the bureaucracy of government accountable, as opposed to hold the role of advocate for constituents, why does Canada not have a different way for its citizens to deal with bureaucratic delays?
As taxpayers, we pay so much for MPs’ incomes, operating budgets and lofty pensions. All I ever hear MPs discuss includes their political criticism of the party with whom they do not share partisanship. And it is usually the unelected staff who do most of the paperwork anyway.
The same applies for MLAs. I think that effective democratic representation is essential for any country. However, the cost of elections and the narrow path to democratic leadership leads me to question the point of it all. If all those who hold elected positions were properly able to represent the needs of their constituents, instead of engaging in power plays for majority rule, then I would understand the logic of it all.
As it is right now, I see the process as many paying for the lifestyles of the few.
Rose-Marie E. Nyberg
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