Michael Chong to spell out his parliamentary reform legislation to Tory caucus

OTTAWA – Conservative MP Michael Chong will brief his party colleagues today on a bill that could alter the balance of power in Ottawa.

Chong’s private member’s bill, if enacted, would give party caucus members the power to call for a leadership review and even eject a leader from the job.

It would also give riding associations for the various parties the final say in who represents them in elections.

Chong says he has been inundated with messages of support since unveiling his bill earlier this week.

Among the other events on Parliament Hill today:

— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is in town, taking part in the opening ceremony of the newly renovated Carleton University library. She’ll then have a private meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper before attending the Ottawa Trillium Dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

— The Supreme Court of Canada brings down a decision in the appeal of a case between Patricia McLean and the executive director of the B.C. Securities Commission. The high court will also deliver rulings on a number of leave-to-appeal applications.

— The Canadian Labour Congress and Western University will hold a news conference to launch a national survey on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

— If you’re feeling charitable, and see David Johnston knocking at your door, you may want to answer. The Governor General and his wife Sharon will be collecting money for local charities as part of International Volunteer Day.

— The Governor General will also be handing out 42 decorations for bravery, including three stars of courage and 39 medals of bravery. Later, he’ll meet with Gatineau, Que., Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin.

— And Heritage Minister Shelly Glover will light up the Parliament Buildings and other prominent landmarks when she flicks the switch to turn on more than 350,000 lights that have been put in place for winter celebrations.

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