The Backbench Top Ten

We resume our weekly, and wholly arbitrary, ranking of the ten most worthy, or at least entertaining, MPs, excluding the Prime Minister, cabinet members and party leaders. A celebration of all that is great and ridiculous about the House of Commons. Last week’s rankings appear in parentheses.

1. Maxime Bernier (3)
We are at the point now that quibbling with the idea of public funding for a professional sports venue makes you a folk hero. In other words, we have arrived at the the point where Julie Couillard’s ex-boyfriend seems one of the most substantive individuals in Ottawa.
2. Michael Chong (2)
The upside of everyone suddenly deciding (pretending?) to care about Question Period is that there’s now no excuse to not pass Mr. Chong’s reforms.
Jack Harris (1)
4. Candice Hoeppner (-)
The new Ideal Conservative Female. Boldly going where Stronach, Guergis, Ambrose and Raitt were doomed by such pining before.
5. Scott Brison
The most important individual on the Liberal frontbench this side of Mr. Ignatieff. All the more so if his counterpart, Mr. Flaherty, is to be one of the government side’s leading screamers.
6. Daniel Paille (6)
7. Mark Holland (7)
8. Dan McTeague (-)
Perhaps his tone can be a bit naggy. And the obsession with gas prices is a bit odd. But every so often his fastidiousness results in something the government would rather not be discussing—like, for instance, its glow stick expenditures.
9. Francine Lalonde (8)

10. Stephane Dion (9)

Previous rankings: March 12March 19April 3April 10April 25May 1May 9May 16May 23May 30June 6June 13. June 20.

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