Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attendance in question period — or lack thereof — is an example of his shrewdness as a politician, says one political science professor.
Nelson Wiseman, director of the Canadian studies program at the University of Toronto, told Yahoo Canada News that the prime minister recognizes question period as, essentially, a forum for the opposition, and not for the government.
“In question period you play defence.” As government, you get questioned within a frame you can’t control, he said.
Better to be outside the House of Commons, on stages away from opposition parties and the parliamentary press gallery making policy announcements that don’t generally happen in the House these days, he added.
This week the Ottawa Citizen reported that Harper has skipped question period more often in 2015 than at any other time under his leadership.
According to the Citizen’s analysis, the prime minister has only attended 35 per cent of daily question period sessions this year.Read More »from Stephen Harper's low question period attendance part of his 'shrewd' politics: professor