Conservative MPs used like 'trained seals,' Rathgeber says - 2013-09-13

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F182.png Conservative MPs used like 'trained seals,' Rathgeber says September 13, 2013, Meagan Fitzpatrick , CBC News

Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber said he has left the Conservative caucus in part because of the control Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office exercises over backbench MPs, which was preventing him from representing his constituents.

The former Tory MP, who announced he was quitting late Wednesday night to sit as an Independent, said staff in Harper's office — who are "half my age" — pressure the caucus to obey their talking points and vote "like trained seals."

"When you have a PMO that tightly scripts its backbenches like this one attempts to do, MPs don't represent their constituents in Ottawa, they represent the government to their constituents," he told reporters.

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{{cite news | first = Meagan Fitzpatrick | title = Conservative MPs used like 'trained seals,' Rathgeber says | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservative-mps-used-like-trained-seals-rathgeber-says-1.1314736 | work = CBC News | date = September 13, 2013 | accessdate = August 30, 2019 }}