Our Sham Commons

"He dared expose our sham Commons" by Andrew Coyne

"At least they take some conventions seriously. Mace-grabbing they take very seriously indeed. On the other hand, that little convention about MPs being elected to Parliament to represent the people -- deliberating and voting on legislation according as either their conscience or their constituents dictate -- well, that's a nice little fiction, isn't it? Members of the Parliament of Canada, as everyone knows, have one role and one role only: to stand up and sit down when they're told."