Better quality politicians?

Preston Manning recently said that Canada needs better people running for political office.

“Redesign the participants, not just the chambers,” Manning said. “Raise the skill and inspirational capacity [of] the people that are visible — particularly candidates for elected office.”

As somebody who wants to prove the value of a scientist in parliament, I welcome Mr. Manning’s comments.


But is that the real problem? When I see people repeating party slogans, reading speeches written by others, reading cards to answer questions in Question Period, or being blindly partisan, I wonder if people are just not willing to be — or are prevented from being — themselves, not willing to use — or are prevented from using — all of the experience and talents they bring to Ottawa.


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