Pubdate: Sun, 21 Apr 2002
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: T. Empey
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I can certainly empathize with Dr. Keith Martin, Canadian Alliance Member 
of Parliament, for picking up the Speaker's Mace in the Commons out of 
sheer frustration. The ruling Liberals had "poisoned" yet another private 
member's bill, one that enjoyed, reportedly, 70% popular support 
nation-wide; the decriminalization of marijuana.

The continued irrelevancy of Parliament under this Grit majority bodes ill 
for democracy and further illustrates the choking power that the Prime 
Minister's office wields so freely. Now we will suffer through a display of 
howling Liberals who have the gall to suggest Dr. Martin be barred from the 
Commons, or charged with contempt of Parliament for a mere symbolic protest.

It is high time the electorate views their governing representatives, 
perched high on the banks of the Ottawa River, for what they have truly 
become: Elected puppets with all strings leading to 24 Sussex Drive; 
constituents only matter at elections.

T. Empey


(The "poison pill" was a parliamentary disgrace)
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