Michael Chong wants MPs to have more power. Today, he unleashes his latest proposed reforms to that end. The Conservative MP for Wellington-Halton Hills has stuck his neck out for MP independence in the past. When the Conservatives first came to power, Chong was made Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. He resigned that post, on principle, when the government introduced a motion that recognized the Quebecois as a nation within a united Canada. He didn’t make a huge fuss. He just quit cabinet. Later, Chong proposed reforms to Question Period that were never implemented. People who tune into QP seemed to broadly like the ideas.
Now, Chong’s suggesting that MPs should wield more power in the House. He’s tabling a bill that would remove the requirement that party leaders sign candidates’ nomination papers, and also allow party caucuses to remove their leaders. Today, Chong tables the bill, which has received plenty more public discussion than does most private members’ legislation. Andrew Coyne supports it. Jonathan Kay said some nice things. Chantal Hebert seems skeptical, but cautiously acknowledges the bill’s merit. Aaron Wherry has more on what exactly Chong is proposing, and you can bet Wherry will follow this to the end.
4: The number of MPs who currently support the bill, according to a website that unofficially promotes the legislation.
“I look forward to a vigorous debate on the merits of these proposed reforms to Canada’s Parliament and hope the bill will receive multi-party support.” —Chong’s statement of Dec. 1, written very diplomatically
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