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Reflections on the Canadian Parliament. Parliament in the news. The various ways the House of Commons is giving thought to improvements in its procedure. A look at Parliament in the setting of contemporary world politics. Some remarks on Parliament in general. A decline in prestige. Two famous statements about the British Parliament, written in past centuries. Reasons why Parliament is less honored and esteemed than it might be. The low rate of voting in the electorate. The improvement of Parliament as a general topic with two clear sub-headings: personnel, and method. A few remarks on personnel. A detailed discussion on parliamentary methods. Debates. The need for a great extension of the committee system. The setting up of a committee on estimates. The Senate. Suggestions for the Canadian Senate. The need to use the talents of all its members, in both Houses, with maximum efficiency in checking the operations of the executive, if Parliament is to survive other than as an ornament. Some concluding remarks with a quote from Edward R. Murrow. Parliament as the custodian of our freedoms.