The question of civility in the House is one that many have tried to tackle. Over the years there have been lots of great ideas on how to make Question Period a place where MPs can do their best work and Canadians can see genuine political debates in action. The ideas laid out below have been put forward by numerous academics, journalists, and pundits from across the country. Additionally, some have been tried, in ﬁts and starts, by a few parties and parliaments over the years. Individually, any one idea is unlikely to ﬁnd success, but some number of these—combined with the will to ensure a civil workplace— has the possibility to transform Parliament into a place of which Canadians can be proud.
On 26 October 2015 the House of Lords twice amended a motion so as to decline to consider a statutory instrument that would have implemented the Government’s policy on tax credits. This prompted some to question whether the House of Lords had acted properly in voting down a statutory instrument, and whether it had encroached on the financial privilege of the House of Commons. Others stated that the Lords had acted within its normal competence and no conventions had been broken. The incident drew attention to these conventions and how they operate when the Government lacks a majority of members in the House of Lords.