Are empty legislatures a disturbing trend for Canadian democracy?

January 22, 2021

(ENGLISH) There are 1,066 duly elected members of the House of Commons, provincial and territorial legislatures in Canada.

Tuesday, not a single one sat in their legislative chamber.

Not a single prime minister, premier, federal or provincial cabinet minister was formally being held to account under our Parliamentary system anywhere, from Victoria to St. John’s, from Ottawa to Iqaluit.

Yes, January is traditionally a dark month in our legislative chambers, but that does not diminish a growing trend in this country of governments under fire merely turning off the lights in their legislatures, leaving ornate buildings to tourists and political aides.

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