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Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think time and predictability should be primary, first-order principles of a virtual parliament.

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you so much for the question. I think I share your concern, if I understand it, in that we see MPs as individuals and as unique representatives of their communities. We prefer a model like a virtual roll call, in which there is that moment of accountability when the members

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'm not sure. I guess the answer is no.

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think that's important. In fact, I think that's also a discussion for the in-person Parliament when it resumes. It's incumbent on government to adapt its approach to how it wants to manage parliamentary business in order not to exploit this adaptation to alter the power balance

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'd like to see a voting system in place even before then. I think there's a strong argument for a summer sitting. I understand there are technical steps to be taken, but I've taken confidence from the comments of the Speaker and others. It seems as though the House administrat

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  What I have received from these deliberations is near-universal consensus that these should be temporary measures. I think it's important that members bear in mind the potential negative consequences. We don't want to diminish the costs, which we think are real, but this isn't, i

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you, Madam Chair, and thanks so much to the members of the committee for this opportunity to address you. My name is Michael Morden. I'm the research director of the Samara Centre for Democracy. The Samara Centre is an independent, non-partisan charity that is dedicated to

June 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think we asked to assess members' satisfaction with the state of thoughtful and substantive debate at a higher level. That was the response we got.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Inadequate time to deliberate and debate in general was identified in the survey as the number one obstacle to doing the work of democratic representation. What the source of that time crunch is or what members don't have time to do specifically—it may not necessarily be a debate

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you for having us.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, and this frustration was shared across party groups. That was a consensus finding.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think that points to the importance of getting the process through which such a chamber would be created. If it's an act of consensus in the first place, you can establish norms and conventions that can endure.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I do think that in Westminster Hall some of the remarks are prepared but the exchange is much more dynamic as well. Often when a speaker gives way, the response is less scripted.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Michael Morden