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Brent Rathgeber

Independent MP Brent Rathgeber wants Canadians to be able to recall their MP if they're unsatisfied with the job he or she is doing.
The opposition parties say the Conservatives have hit the century mark.
Brent Rathgeber says Canada has an "extraordinary large ministry" compared to other Western democracies.
Independence has its benefits. On Friday, Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber took to Twitter to wish followers a Happy Halloween
OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michael Chong’s watered-down bill — originally introduced to to re-empower members of Parliament
Since the Conservatives have come to power, that same trend has unfortunately continued and a number of small-c conservative MPs have begun to voice their disapproval. The latest to do so is Brent Rathgeber, over what he referred to as the Conservative's lack of commitment to "open government."
OTTAWA – A group of Conservative backbenchers is planning to do something they have only discussed in secret until now – they
If I had any lingering doubts regarding my decision to resign from the Conservative Caucus to sit as an Independent in the House of Commons, this week's Cabinet shuffle certainly removed them. The facelift did nothing to restore an appropriate balance between the front and back benches.
It appears that backbenchers are starting to play a bigger and bigger role, albeit confidentially. Some senior Conservatives are warning Harper to replace House Leader Peter Van Loan and Government Whip Gordon O'Connor; if not, more Tory MPs will defect. Should 10 Conservative MPs leave the caucus, the Conservatives will be reduced to a minority.
Former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber admits he was pleased Tory senators made "a mockery" this week of a union disclosure
Like most Canadians, before last week I had never heard of Alberta Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber. How downright refreshing it was to hear a member of the House of Commons talk fervently about the vital role of the legislative branch as a check on executive power. Too bad that conviction didn't surface earlier. Much earlier.
I admire politicians who are respectful, honest and principled. Perhaps that is what I find so fascinating about the Brent Rathgeber affair. But for someone as principled and articulate as Rathgeber, I am surprised he never spoke directly to the Prime Minister on the night he decided to leave the caucus.
Over the last several months, the federal government has repeatedly thrown up the claim that theirs is "the most transparent government in Canadian history," even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is categorically untrue. Even the practice of stomping on backbenchers who push for more transparency is nothing new for this government.
This week is the anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's "1984" and it seems the Tories have no problem practicing
Late last night I notified the Board of Directors of the Edmonton-St. Albert Conservative Association of my difficult decision that I was resigning from the Conservative Caucus to sit as an Independent in the House of Commons. I joined the Reform/conservative movements because I thought we were somehow different, a band of Ottawa outsiders riding into town to clean the place up, promoting open government and accountability. I can only compromise so much before I begin to not recognize myself. I no longer recognize much of the party that I joined and whose principles (at least on paper), I still believe in. Accordingly, since I can no longer stand with them, I must now stand alone.
OTTAWA — Tired and a little beat up is the way Brent Rathgeber, the member of Parliament from Edmonton-St. Albert, described
Bill C-461 would allow Canadians to file access to information requests to obtain the actual salary and job description of any public servant earning more than $188,000. It is a tremendous opportunity to improve transparency and accountability on one of the largest expenditures of the federal government.
A Conservative MP’s quest to shed light on the salaries of CBC’s big earners such as Peter Mansbridge and George Stroumboulopoulos