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Nenshi on backbench MPs

This is a great response to the election of Joan Crockatt

“I mean, whatever. Not like backbench MPs have any ability to do anything. She’s very nice, she’s shown up at a lot of events [and is] certainly more present after the election than during the election, which is interesting. Most candidates are not like that… Have we seen any real difference in how the federal government treats the city of Calgary now that we’ve returned another Conservative MP? Not yet.

You would be amazed at the amount of non-profits who tell me that their project is making progress because a backbench MP likes what they are doing.  I hate telling that the opinion of a backbench MP has no influence at all on party policy as they are not part of the government.  Cabinet ministers and their staff are the only opinions that matter and that is what Nenshi is getting at.  Today, MPs exist to run to get Diet Coke while the important decisions are made and then sell those decisions to their constituents.

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