This is a great responseÂ to the election of Joan Crockatt
â€œI mean, whatever. Not like backbench MPs have any ability to do anything. Sheâ€™s very nice, sheâ€™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 thatâ€¦ Have we seen any real difference in how the federal government treats the city of Calgary now that weâ€™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. Â 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. Â Cabinet ministers and their staff are the only opinions that matter and that is what Nenshi is getting at. Â Today, MPs exist to run to get Diet Coke while the important decisions are made and then sell those decisions to their constituents.