MPs should put down their phones and get back to governing

The House of Commons of Canada is a component of the Parliament of Canada and is a democratically elected body whose members are known as Members of Parliament (MPs). (Photo by Thierry Tronnel/Corbis via Getty Images)

It may be the foundation of Canadian democracy, but the House of Commons has long been a decorum-free zone. During the early days of Confederation, for example, contemporary reports note that “while points of order were being argued, members hammered at desks, blew on tin...

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