FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2014
CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST MAKING QUESTION PERIOD MORE RELEVANT
OTTAWA – The Conservatives don’t believe that Canadians deserve truthful, clear answers and have voted to kill an NDP motion to improve Question Period.
“By opposing our motion, the Conservatives have said to Canadians that the government doesn’t have to answer their questions regardless of how legitimate they are. This is quite disappointing,” said NDP House Leader, Peter Julian (Burnaby – New Westminster).
Following the Speaker’s recent appeal for assistance in improving the tone of Question Period, the NDP introduced a practical proposal to force ministers to provide concrete answers and ensure that future governments will be held accountable to Canadians.
“When buffoonery and personal attacks are the response to legitimate questions on issues like deploying Canadian soldiers on a military mission to Iraq, it’s clear that something is broken in Ottawa and the Conservatives don’t care to fix it,” said Julian.