Some of the most prominent new members of Parliament say the place needs to change.
Liberal Justin Trudeau, Conservative Shelly Glover and New Democrat Megan Leslie are starting their summer break and looking back at their first session in the House of Commons.
They offer a remarkably similar assessment of the place – using words like ‘disturbing,’ ‘disappointing,’ and ‘harmful,’ to describe the atmosphere.
They say in interviews that they are frustrated by unnecessarily nasty and trivial debates.
Trudeau says Canadians are tuning politicians out, and he suggests that one way to win them back is to have more respectful debate.
Glover, a former Manitoba cop, wants question period scrapped and suggests rule changes to make Commons committees more productive.