My biggest beef with the Candian Party system has always that it implies that elected officials are loyal to their party over their constituents. In the event of a conflict between what the people you represent are saying, and what your party is saying…what would your elected official do? I would hope that our officials would listen to the voice of the people. Until I see the bill in its entirety I cannot say I support it or don’t support it…but I am very interested, that’s for sure.
OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michael Chong has introduced a private member’s bill that aims to give political party caucuses more power — including the ability to oust their leaders.
If passed, the bill would allow a party leadership review to be initiated if 15 per cent of caucus members — that is, members of Parliament within that particular party — want one.
It would also give caucus members more power to vote their conscience and ensure party nominations are controlled by local riding associations instead of party leaders. Chong said the changes will strengthen the roles of MPs so they can better represent their constituents.
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He said the bill has been a long time coming but emphasized it was not triggered by the Senate spending scandal, which has challenged the credibility of the Harper government.
Chong was adamant that he has confidence in the prime minister and…
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