No election campaign would be complete without the usual promise of a "free vote" in the house on some such issue, should one party or the other get elected to government. These are powerful three dollar words to an uninformed pool of voters. Immediately after an election, when the prime minister and government have been duly sworn in to serve our needs, the prime minister opens his goody bag. In the bag are the appointments for lucrative cabinet posts, crown corporation heads, committee heads, and a whole host of lesser, but still financially attractive, perks funded by the public purse. On any given issue, the prime minster has already stated his or her position, prior to the "free vote." History dictates, when the vote is taken, the motion always passes in favor of the prime minister's views. A nastier, more cynical person than this writer, might suggest corruption is a prerequisite for democracy in the house of commons.