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Parliament resumes

2011-09-27

Queen’s University political studies professor emeritus Ned Franks is available to talk about today’s opening session of Parliament.

“We begin a new era with a Conservative majority government. The party is in the position where they no longer have to fight for power, they have it. The question is how are they going to use it? Are they going to govern based on a narrow Conservative ideology or reach out to all Canadians? Electorally speaking, in terms of vote percentages, the Conservatives are lucky to have a majority, and I’m sure they realize the fragility of their position,” Dr. Franks said.

Dr. Franks, who is one of Canada’s leading experts on Parliament, has written or edited fourteen books, including The Parliament of Canada and Dissent and the State. He has served as witness before parliamentary committees and a commentator on questions relating to Parliament, parliamentary government, and other aspects of Canadian politics.

Ned Franks is available for interviews after 2 p.m.

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