The Reform Act and how to fix Parliament

Michael Chong explains himself and the debate continues


Steve Paikin interviews Michael Chong about the Reform Act.

Meanwhile, the grand debate about what to do with our Parliament and our politics continues.

Conservative MP James Rajotte, who seconded the Reform Act, talks to the Leduc Representative about his support for the bill. Former NDP MP Bill Blaikie looks at previous attempts to reform Parliament. Scott Reid and Colin Horgan consider the lack of shame in our politicians. Adam Goldenberg says what MPs really need is more resources. And Radical Centrist looks at the British Conservative party’s 1922 Committee.

See previously: Let the Reform Act debate beginWhat if the Reform Act is a bad idea?Thirty questions to ask before proceeding with the Reform ActThe Reform Act and our parliamentary democracy on trialWhat would Michael Chong’s Reform Act mean for riding nominations?Explaining and debating the Reform ActThe Reform Act: Who is saying whatAre we better off without the Reform Act?, Is the Reform Act enough? Or is it too much? and Is section 67(4)(c) of the Elections Act the only thing protecting parties from Holocaust deniers?


The Reform Act and how to fix Parliament

  1. Just more talk, every par-lame-ment since 1800s has touted productive change and not one has succeeded. Now I would bet the farm that nothing will materially change in the future and Ottawa is a bout appeasement, procrastination, deception, lies and getting more of our money while doing as little as possible to get it.

    Its why nothing ever gets done efficiently other than politician and union raises for them, not us. Sure, all talk well, but MPs have their pensions with a guaranteed 10.4% annual return, 55 retirment and fully vested in only 6 years. Sort of like thieves really.

    To be a good politician, you have to be well honed in talking a lot and saying so very little, and do even less.

  2. “… how to fix Parliament”

    David Hume:

    It is, therefore, a just political maxim that every man must be supposed a knave, though at the same time it appears somewhat strange that a maxim should be true in politics which is false in fact. But to satisfy us on this head we may consider that men are generally more honest in their private than in their public capacity, and will go greater lengths to serve a party than when their own private interest is alone concerned. Honor is a great check upon mankind; but where a considerable body of men act together, this check is in a great measure removed, since a man is sure to be approved of by his own party for what promotes the common interest, and he soon learns to despise the clamors of adversaries.

  3. From all improvers, progressives, and Whiggish crusaders, Good Lord deliver us.

    • You would have to be braindead to consider Michael Chong a “Whiggish crusader.”