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Apparently there's a bit of fuss about MPs being elected to Parliament with inappropriate backgrounds for the life of a parliamentarian. I think this is largely directed toward the NDP and its Quebec caucus.
You should absolutely take this fuss seriously if wisdom and experience were the measure of success in Parliament or electoral contests. Unfortunately, they are not.
Let's recall who were among the losers on Monday night: a world-renowned international author and academic; a foreign affairs minister who's served in Quebec's legislature and Parliament; an NHL legend and thoughtful author; two food-bank founders, one of them a former Ontario cabinet minister, the other a fireman and international-aid expert; a United Church minister, well, you get the idea.
Forgive me for dashing any lingering illusions, but the CV has almost nothing to do with winning and losing elections. And it has even less to do with how well MPs fare once they arrive on Parliament Hill. Geography and gender are equal, if not more important considerations in choosing cabinet. Good looks and an ability to repeat party talking points will score MPs those sought-after spots in Question Period and on TV panels. Doing what you're told counts more than talking about what you know.
It strikes me that it's a bit late to complain now about the qualifications of new members of Parliament, or worse, to argue that we want wise, experienced folks to fill those seats in the Commons.
Politics is actually ideally suited for young people, barely out of their teens, totally disconnected from the ridings. In Ottawa, we call those people "political assistants" and last time I checked, they actually had more power than MPs anyway. Don't believe me? Have a listen to former MP Keith Martin, or check out the most recent report from Samara, and the "exit interviews" with former parliamentarians.