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In today's opening essay, Jian reflects on a new bill tabled by Conservative MP Michael Chong. The bill is intended to give MPs more power within their party caucuses, restore local control over party nominations, and reinforce the accountability of party leaders to their caucuses. Though the chances of it passing may be slim, other countries have similar arrangements. And whether or not it it passes, Jian reflects on the positive side.
A Conservative MP is set to table a bill Tuesday that would beef up backbencher rights, including giving MPs the power to depose a party leader. Ontario backbencher Michael Chong’s bill is expected to be tabled Tuesday morning, and Mr. Chong is scheduled to speak to the media shortly after. Mr. Chong’s bill would allow party caucuses, including his Conservatives, to vote out their party leader. It would also give MPs more say in the operation of their own caucuses, including which MPs are kicked out or allowed back in. Finally, it would take away 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 political culture has changed so much so that the Prime Minister’s Office has tentacles where it doesn’t belong, as documented by the RCMP investigation into the Senate expenses scandal showing PMO officials tried to change a report from the Senate Internal Economy Committee—something that was unheard of 20 years ago, says a recently-retired Senator.