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Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Rathgeber is sounding off against the expensive perks given to cabinet ministers.
Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Rathgeber is sounding off against the expensive perks given to cabinet ministers.
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‘It’s gone too far’: Conservative MP on Harper’s backbench control

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Mark Warawa’s stand against muzzling of backbench MPs has left Prime Minister Stephen Harper with something of a mini-revolt on his hands. Mr. Harper has a reputation of being controlling, but long-outspoken Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber – who has regularly blogged critiques of his own government over the past two years – says it’s not just the Prime Minister. And, the Edmonton-St. Albert MP says, outspoken backbenchers are traditionalists, not the radicals.