Is heckling good for democracy?

Sheila Copps Resize.jpgWith the new parliamentary session, there have been calls to improve decorum in the House of Commons. The NDP has even promised to stop heckling altogether.

Today, Jian spoke to Sheila Copps, the former Liberal MP and Deputy Prime Minister. She argued that heckling, or hectoring, can't be eliminated, and probably shouldn't either.

What do you think? Is it possible for political debate to become too civil? Does bad behaviour in Question Period make people tune out of politics? Let us know what you think.

 [CP/Fred Chartrand]

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