Changes to Improve MP Job Satisfaction

Changes to Improve MP Job Satisfaction

Who knows more about the inner functionings (and dysfunctionings) of Parliament than MPs? As we learned from our MP Exit Interviews, parliamentarians have a lot to say about improving how government works - so we  sent our questionnaire to all 308 sitting MPs. Here are the intriguing responses:

MP Responses

Anne-Marie Day, MP for Charlesburg--Haute-St.-Charles
Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapouskasing
Carolyn Bennet, MP for St. Paul's
Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway
Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre
John Mckay, MP for Scarborough-Gildwood
Judy Sgro, MP for York West
Kennedy Stewart, MP for Burnaby-Douglas
Lauren Liu, MP for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East
Malcolm Allen, MP for Welland
Mark Eyking, MP for Sidney-Victoria
Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale-High Park
Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore 
Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown

Responses from Samarans

"There is a gap between what a voter thinks the responsibility  of an MP is, regarding representation of voters, vs. what an MP views as their responsibility to follow the party line.  The gap needs to be analyzed and  a clearer description to everyone of what the MP's role is, and what the citizens role is. For example,  iF MP's decide that they are not responsible to vote according to constituents' wishes, then this needs to be communicated. Alternatively, if MPs believe they are to vote according to constituents wishes, then a system needs to be created where constituents can click or communicate their wishes ( yes or no) on each bill." - Anon

"Create an online school for MPs based on the Samara exit interviews and reports. Many topics for reform of our system could be introduced. A wide range of teachers could be utilized. The course should be accredited by a recognized body. I just finished an MPA online through the University of Victoria. Many universities are heading in this direction." - Bruce Dayman

"Would members be better connected to the citizens they represent, rather than their party, if they spent more time in their constituencies?  I suggest that rather than spend three weeks in Ottawa and one week at home throughout the legislative calendar, they spend three weeks at home and one week in Ottawa.  
Reverse the priority.  with that calendar they could also work year round. More intense debates like the budget could allow for more weeks in Ottawa.  My hope would be that less time in Ottawa would create a less partisan atmosphere. And more of a focus on citizens within their district of all political stripes."
-Taylor Gunn

"I am a semi-retired physician. I had seven years of university study and two years hospital training after grade thirteen in order to have the right to practice medicine. I have long felt that anyone who is serious about becoming an MP/MPP/MLA should have to pass a comprehensive course (two year night school?)
which would include basic economics, parliamentary rules and procedures, international relations, ethics,etc. If you aspire to be on the board of directors of a multibillion dollar business (the government) you should be willing to spend the time and effort to learn how to do it properly! Secondly, they should be required to sign a contract, if elected, which requires them to serve the full term of their mandate, unless unable due to medical problems. If they leave early, they would have to pay the full cost of the by-election to replace them!" - Dr. G T Riley