The Backbench Top Ten

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. Michael Chong (1)
2. Jack Harris (2)
3. Maxime Bernier (3)
Is this the start of our own Tea Party movement? Does that make Mr. Bernier our Sarah Palin or our Ron Paul? And if we’re going to start talking about the founders, shouldn’t we start with Lafontaine and Baldwin?
4. Scott Brison (4)

5. Candice Hoeppner (5)
6. Carolyn Bennett (-)
As far as a national pastime, being frustrated about our democracy has perhaps not quite surpassed hockey, but it’s at least now slightly more popular than lacrosse.
7. Mark Holland (6)
To be honest, I’ve not yet worked out whether “averting a libel suit” should reflect positively or negatively on one’s ranking.
8. Marc Garneau (8)
9. Bruce Hyer (9)
10. Olivia Chow (10)
This Lucky Moose Bill sounds like the premise of a Law & Order episode.

Previous rankings: March 12March 19April 3April 10April 25May 1May 9May 16May 23May 30June 6June 13June 20September 26October 3. October 10.