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Canadians Rally for Question Period Reform

Canadians Rally for Question Period Reform

Calgary, October 28th, 2010 - Canadians embarrassed and insulted by the antics in the House of Commons are standing behind a motion to reform Question Period. Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) just launched an online petition to inform Canadians and to help them have their say.

Today also marks the first day that the Standing Committee on Procedure & House Affairs is looking at a motion brought forward by Michael Chong, M.P (Wellington-Halton Hills) to reform Question Period. This committee has six months before it is required to report back to the House with recommended changes.

At 11:00 a.m., Mr.Chong will address the Committee in support of his motion, M-517, which is dedicated to reforming Question Period to ensure greater accountability and to improve the level of decorum and respect that such an institution deserves.

“Canadians from coast to coast will be sending a clear message to our elected representatives in the House of Commons”, says Shilo Davis, CAPP’s Question Period Campaign Coordinator.  “The lack of decorum, the lack of basic civility, the lack of respect for the House of Commons and for our national conversation has weakened Canadian democracy. We deserve better. Let’s fix Question Period.” says Ms. Davis.

Over the coming weeks, local CAPP chapters across the country will be engaging their grassroots networks of volunteers to create engaging media, running on-the-ground petition drives, meeting with local MPs and putting forward ideas to make Question Period Reform even stronger.

Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) is a non-partisan national network of grassroots volunteers. The three goals of the organization are to: defend Canadian democracy, foster dialogue and awareness of current political issues, and to encourage greater democratic participation by all Canadians.

For comment please contact:

Shilo Davis, QP Coordinator West: shiloadavis (at)

For more information on the launch of the online petition please visit