What if you got the power to talk to animals but it turned out that animals are all aggressively Christian and keep trying to get you to come to youth group
The Conservative cabinet is poised to support backbench MP Michael Chong’s bill to rebalance the power between parliamentarians and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Conservative caucus members were told during their weekly meeting today that Chong’s Reform Act had received Stephen Harper’s stamp of approval.
With the backing of both the government and a wide cross-section of NDP, Liberal and backbench Tories, Chong’s private member’s bill is expected to pass its next vote in the Commons next week.
The Ontario MP wanted members of Parliament to have the power to review and even eject party leaders, and to vote on the expulsion and re-admission of caucus members.
He also wanted to give riding associations more say over electoral candidates, as opposed to giving party leaders the veto.
Chong ended up amending his bill to introduce more flexibility, including a mechanism whereby party caucuses would vote on various key rules after each federal election.
This is great news for Canadian democracy and accountability!