Inky Mark signs off. On the role of the PM:
He believes another problem with the parliamentary system is that too much power lies in the hands of one individual who determines the fate of the country.
On his style of politics:
Mark has long been known as an independent thinker who wouldn't hesitate to vote against his own party if he felt it was in his riding's best interest. Most notably, he objected to the Harper government's plan to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. He spoke out against the move and voted against a private members' bill on the subject in 2006.
Mark said Monday he never believed he had to support his leader on everything. "My style of doing politics is putting the people first," he said.
He also thinks the only reason he was not disciplined is because of his popularity in the riding and the unlikely chance the Conservatives would have won the riding if he was running against them as an independent.
"If they didn't need this seat I would have gotten the boot from the party a long time ago," he said.
The government caucus' man to sheep ratio has markedly decreased with Marky's resignation