Speaker election – interviews

In general, I’m asking the same four questions

1) 30 second to 1 minute pitch on why you should be Speaker
2) Why replace the incumbent?
3) It’s a minority Parliament and the election was framed to reinvigorate a “dysfunctional” Parliament (Prime Minister’s framing of the situation). How would you work to improve the behaviour in Parliament?
4) The Speaker delegates authority of press-related matter to the Parliamentary Press Gallery which is slow to change to recognize the evolution of new media be it blogs, youtube, facebook, twitter. Will you direct Parliament to recognize new actors in the press space?

Merv Tweed:

Barry Devolin:

Andrew Scheer:

Joe Comartin:

Royal Galipeau:
[attending other business in the riding today]

Peter Milliken:
[not doing press]

Mauril Belanger:
[his helpful staff are trying to set up a phone call for later today. UPDATE: It appears that this won’t be possible.]

Comments

comments

  • Doug Smith

    Milliken out = Tories take Kingston and the Islands

  • Jon

    'Interesting' response from Peter Milliken. Is this indicative, I wonder, of the regard in which he holds the press, or Conservatives?

  • http://www.bluelikeyou.com/ Joanne TB

    Thanks for doing this, Stephen.

    I must say, I was most impressed with Andrew Scheer.

    Joe Comartin would probably be very capable at handling the job too, but I think he would be dry, ie. maybe too much the opposite of Milliken – too serious.

    In any case, it should be interesting to watch what happens tomorrow.

  • http://www.bluelikeyou.com/ Joanne TB

    BTW, Stephen. I was interested in the reactions from the candidates on the issue of the new digital media and bloggers being able to get more involved. Joe Comartin seemed to be very closed to this notion and I can understand his concerns, but there needs to be a way for bloggers to become accredited. Are the unions threatened or something?

  • Ronald

    A commisssioned individual who will seize full jurisdication of the situation when parliament members become unruly is mandatory. You cannot be humorous one minute and strict the next, so being consistent should be the benchmark “Always”.
    Having observed the antics of MP's requires control which is a continuous assignment of the speaker.
    Maintaining steady control of over-zealous MP's should be a starting benchmark, after all, this is the “Nations Business” and the prime reason taxpayers elect these people to the HOC.
    There is always room for improvement.

  • Gabby in QC

    On the question of allowing “new media” into Parliament:
    1. who would determine which bloggers get in?
    2. based on what criteria?
    3. would bloggers get the same access as “old media” to MPs during scrums?
    4. would bloggers get access to the press conferences?

    Stephen, without actual accreditation you have managed to get many interviews with MPs. You have also managed to “scoop” some information before “old media” picked up on it, if it suited their purpose. So in what way are you disadvantaged by not being able to walk the halls of Parliament?

  • Gabby in QC

    BTW, David Akin has taken notice of your scoop with Tony Clement.
    http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/20

    I had not yet seen his post when I posted my previous comment.

  • northbaytrapper

    I think that JoCo would be a fine speaker. He has the balls to throw people out and the experience to command respect from his peers. I think he would be a step a positive step toward decorum.

  • http://www.bluelikeyou.com/ Joanne TB

    BTW, Stephen. I was interested in the reactions from the candidates on the issue of the new digital media and bloggers being able to get more involved. Joe Comartin seemed to be very closed to this notion and I can understand his concerns, but there needs to be a way for bloggers to become accredited. Are the unions threatened or something?

  • Ronald

    A commisssioned individual who will seize full jurisdication of the situation when parliament members become unruly is mandatory. You cannot be humorous one minute and strict the next, so being consistent should be the benchmark “Always”.
    Having observed the antics of MP's requires control which is a continuous assignment of the speaker.
    Maintaining steady control of over-zealous MP's should be a starting benchmark, after all, this is the “Nations Business” and the prime reason taxpayers elect these people to the HOC.
    There is always room for improvement.

  • Gabby in QC

    On the question of allowing “new media” into Parliament:
    1. who would determine which bloggers get in?
    2. based on what criteria?
    3. would bloggers get the same access as “old media” to MPs during scrums?
    4. would bloggers get access to the press conferences?

    Stephen, without actual accreditation you have managed to get many interviews with MPs. You have also managed to “scoop” some information before “old media” picked up on it, if it suited their purpose. So in what way are you disadvantaged by not being able to walk the halls of Parliament?

  • Gabby in QC

    BTW, David Akin has taken notice of your scoop with Tony Clement.
    http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/20

    I had not yet seen his post when I posted my previous comment.

  • northbaytrapper

    I think that JoCo would be a fine speaker. He has the balls to throw people out and the experience to command respect from his peers. I think he would be a step a positive step toward decorum.