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Winnipeg Free Press: MPs illness prompts rare moment of civility in Commons

Sept. 20th, 2010 - According to pollsters, a great many Canadians believe this country's federal political discourse also could use a collective angioplasty — opening up blocked communications channels, draining the bile and pumping in a little more oxygen. Hand-wringing over the lack of decorum in the daily question period is again in the news. "Canadians are not happy with the behaviour in question period and in the last election, more than four out ten Canadians refused to vote," Conservative backbencher Michael Chong said Monday outside the Commons. "I think that is evidence of a growing disconnect between our democratic institutions and Canadians and I think we need to close that gap by beginning to reform Parliament, which begins with question period."

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