Thus #QPQ was born, and the result is hilariously one-sided conversations.
My very first question as MP was about reducing ATM fees – @pmharper, why haven't you acted to better protect consumers before now? #qpq
— Thomas Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) September 17, 2013
.@JimFlaherty household debt at record level, 2/3rds HIGHER than disposable income. When will u act to reverse this disturbing trend? #QPQ
— Peggy Nash (@PeggyNashNDP) September 17, 2013
.@JimFlaherty our merchant & consumer credit card fees among highest in the world. When will #CPC stop this excessive cash grab? #QPQJust like the real Question Period, no one from the Conservative side answered with an honest, thought out, non-fallacy-filled statement - in fact, aside from James Moore defending against Chris Charlton taking the piss out of the lack of a response, no Conservative answered with anything. The best the NDP managed was David Akin trying to match up Hansard quotes to various questions, often hilariously.
— Glenn Thibeault (@GlennThibeault) September 17, 2013
I will admit its a cute idea, but its fairly obvious that no one aside from the Twitterati already attuned to this kind of stuff cares - also amusingly similar to the real QP. The lack of major retweets is a sign of how little people are really paying attention. I've seen @lawblob get better response on some of his far less amusing tweets.
Plus, just think about the whole concept of #QPQ for a second. All the NDP are doing is taking an already pathetic excuse for a parliamentary question and answer session, and distilling it down to 140 characters or less. Worse, this QP has the advantage of being so useless that neither the governing party nor the third parties, who together represent well over 50% of the population, are participating, making this "exercise in democracy" about as democratic as a Politburo. The NDP is essentially talking to itself, its core Twitterati supporters, and bemused journalists. Good job guys.
But hey, at least it brought Charlie Angus back to Twitter.