April 20, 2015

Question of the Day: Do MPs get too much time off?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Members of Parliament are back in the House of Commons following a two week Easter break.

Ever wonder what they do when they aren’t on the Hill? MPs head back to their constituencies.

So far, there have been five weeks of breaks with another on the way before a two and a half month summer recess.

We hit the streets to see if you think MPs are away from Ottawa too much and if they should have to account for all their constituent work while they're away from the House of Commons.

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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commented 2015-04-21 08:04:35 -0400
Good MPs don’t get any time off. Our long-time MP, Barry Devolin, is always busy during breaks from the House. He is here, in his constituency, helping constituents.

Should MPs be held accountable for their constituency time? Hell yes! I wouldn’t trust an MP like Megan Leslie who campaigned from outside Canada to use her time responsibly.
commented 2015-04-20 22:08:53 -0400
All things considered…they do NOT get enough time off. Perhaps an in depth look at a randomly selected group of MPs and their workload including hours. Poor report with typical uninformed comments.
commented 2015-04-20 17:59:38 -0400
Never mind the breaks, how about, they only have to work six years to receive a full pension.
commented 2015-04-20 17:28:14 -0400
compared to public service, it sounds about right, as compared to a private person, and its a whole different reality
commented 2015-04-20 16:26:33 -0400
I don’t believe that MP’s breaks are too many, but they are indecently long in duration. I’m okay with some reasonable vacation time, and holidays of course like Easter, Christmas, and etc. (Oops, my apologies McLachlin. I’ve inadvertently referenced religious holidays, what must you think of me?).

Lets designate their constituency workdays as Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, and parliament workdays as Tuesday through Thursday, in a work year that should be at least forty weeks long. I don’t want to sound too draconian or mean-spirited so I’d be okay with letting them use Monday afternoons and Friday mornings as travel time.

Naturally any absence from this schedule should result in the appropriate proportion of salary loss accompanied by a likewise cut in pension.

My fellow rebels, please don’t give me the typical Human Resources crap about how to attract the “best and brightest”. While working conditions are somewhat important, the real best and brightest in any job are there because they’ve found a job that they love doing.
commented 2015-04-20 16:01:17 -0400
Over paid, underworked. Read Orwells Animal Farm, one of the best allegorys in literature.
commented 2015-04-20 15:24:33 -0400
Maybe they do, and maybe they don’t. It would sure help to know EXACTLY what they DO do, and how their “working” time is spent, to know how to evaluate if the “time off” they receive is actually overly sufficient or not…