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  The power of one MP [Elizabeth May]
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Last EditedMonsieur  Jun 13, 2012 01:12pm
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AuthorDan Gardner
News DateWednesday, June 13, 2012 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThere are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat number 309.

There couldn’t be a better symbol of irrelevance, which seems fitting. May is the sole MP from the Green party, which lacks official standing in the House. In effect, she is an independent. She has few resources, fewer privileges. She has no place at the table of parliamentary committees. At a time when most MPs no longer have to travel 50 yards from Parliament Hill to become “nobodies,” as Pierre Trudeau famously observed, Elizabeth May should be utterly, hopelessly, spectacularly irrelevant.

And yet, look around the House. One of the most prominent and effective MPs occupies seat number 309.
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