Conservative MP to Table ‘Democratic Reform’ Bill

A Conservative backbencher MP from Ontario, Michael Chong, has finally completed the draft and is now poised to table a bill on Tuesday, which mainly seeks to enhance the backbenchers’ rights while giving the MPs even the power to depose a party leader. The bill is anticipated to be tabled on Tuesday morning, soon after which Mr. Chong is expected to speak to the media.

The bill will enable party caucuses, including his Conservatives, to vote out their party leader. It will give MPs more powers in the operation of their own caucuses, along with the discretion of which MPs to kick out or allow back in. At last, it also seeks to annul the discretion of the power of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and other party leaders to sign-off on which candidates run for them. The Private Member’s Bill is being reported since several years as Mr. Chong continued his focus on the issue of democratic reform.

Usually, Private Member’s Bills do not make it through the House of Commons because they don’t enjoy the support of the Prime Minister, who instead advises the government to vote against it. Mr. Chong’s private bill is entitled as the “Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms).” Upon inquiry about the bill, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office declined to comment alleging that it has read the bill.

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  1. Dear Editor, Regarding Chong and his reform bill. He feels MP’s don’t have enough power. M.P’s do have a voice. They can speak. They can vote. They can break ranks. They can vote their conscience. They can cross the floor. They can rcomment_IDe the bus and use scomment_IDewalks. They can write papers. They have assistants and offices. They can bring issues to our attention. They can visit their Rcomment_IDing Association. They seem to have a great deal more power than the rest of us. It’s not like the public votes on laws. Remember when we voted on the 1991 Economic proposals? Canadians voted it down in a land slcomment_IDe. Be a long time before Members of Parliament allow a Canadian to vote on a law again, I bet. I understand that the first job of a politician is to get elected, you know ‘science as a vocation’ a la Max Weber but I would like them to be less concerned about re-election. His heart may be in the right place but I’d rather see sixteen year olds lining up for the ballot box and voting booth before I say yes to handing over even more power. Seventeen year olds can join the army. Sixteen year olds can deccomment_IDe how to drive a car. Let them vote. These laws will affect them for a life time. There is greater merit to letting 16 year olds vote than their is in Mr. Chong’s bill. That’s how I see it. I think our kcomment_IDs are valcomment_ID.

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