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This article was published 29/3/2010 (2550 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Ding dong, the flyers are gone.
Gone are the days of Canadians receiving taxpayer funded, partisan flyers from MPs they’ve never heard of who represent ridings thousands of miles away.
After an NDP motion to eliminate the 10 percenters (see my previous blog entry for a longer explanation) passed a couple of weeks ago, the issue went to the Board of Internal Economy for final approval.
Today the board - made up of MPs from all parties and chaired by House Speaker Peter Milliken - decided MPs can still send 10 percenters but only within their own ridings.
Manitoba cabinet minister Steven Fletcher - who said previously 10- percenters were "essential to our democracy" - said this afternoon his party will abide by the ruling.
"Ten percenters have been helpful in the discourse of public debate," he said. "But whatever parties have agreed to we’ll go with."
NDP MP David Christopherson said he thinks now Parliament will have to come up with a way to let opposition critics communicate with people outside their own ridings.
There is however a simple solution. Parliament isn’t saying MPs can’t communicate with voters outside their own ridings. All this means is that taxpayers will no longer be footing the bill.
Consider it a $10 million contribution to getting rid of the deficit.