Michael Chong

Althia Raj

Why Michael Chong Is 'Optimistic' About Reforming Ottawa

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics

Last week, maverick Conservative MP Michael Chong introduced a new version of his private member’s bill, the Reform Act 2014. His bill seeks to empo...

Will Reform Bill Makeover Help Chong?

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two Conservative bills that would fundamentally change the Canadian electoral system, two very different approaches.On the one hand there is ...

Althia Raj

Tory MP To Amend Reform Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michael Chong will introduce a new bill Monday amending his original Reform Act as a way of trying to win support from his ...

12 MPs To Watch In 2014

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - No one can predict the political future but here's a list of a dozen federal MPs worth watching in 2014. A large number are in their 40s or y...

Althia Raj

Reform Act? No Need, Says This Tory

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Opposition parties and some Conservative members may decry the government’s methods of curtailing debate and whipping votes, but the part...

Where Reform-Minded MP Gained Roots

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Michael Chong pulls a sepia-coloured photograph down from the wall of his Parliament Hill office. A Hong Kong family, dressed in traditional ...

Chong's Reform Bill Will Do Little To Make Government Less Secretive

Sean Holman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Holman

It's almost impossible for Canadians to know the extent to which representation is actually being done in this country. Chong's bill would empower those representatives as a collective -- legally enshrining caucus's authority to remove party leaders. It also blunts the authority of those leaders, taking away their final say on who gets to run for their party and who doesn't. And, if Chong's bill becomes law, the power to remove MPs from caucus would firmly rest with caucus. But what does any of that do to facilitate representation being done and being seen to be done?

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

Chong's Reform Bill Can't Be Any Worse Than Parliament Is Now

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There has been much discussion this week about Michael Chong's Private Members Bill to reform some of the aspects of how our parties act and control MPs. Whether one agrees with all the details found in his bill, one thing is certain; it can't make things any worse than they already are on the Hill.

Canada, Don't Let Dissatisfaction with Democracy Excuse Michael Chong's Terrible Ideas

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A great many pundits don't seem to have any problem in theory with Chong's enormously regressive idea that a small group of MPs should have the right to unilaterally depose a party leader democratically-elected by thousands of party members (or a prime minister elected by millions).

Reform Act Proposal Triggers Tory Debate

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have yet to weigh in formally, but a Conservative MP's bid to reform Parliament is already crea...

Althia Raj

Cabinet Minister Suggests Tories Don't Need Reform Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The minister of democratic reform suggested Tuesday he sees no need for a Conservative backbencher's bill that proposes to limit the powers...

Tory MP Moves To Limit Power Of Party Leaders

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP's provocative new bill to rebalance power between MPs and party leaders has gotten an early thumbs up from the NDP and the ...

Althia Raj

Liberals Invite Tory MP To Discuss Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have taken the unusual step of inviting a Conservative backbencher to a caucus meeting to brief them on his proposed b...

We Don't Need a Reform Bill That Only Shifts Power From One Clique to Another

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A motion to be introduced by Tory backbench MP Michael Chong proposes giving the inner elite of Canada's political parties the power to overturn the public's clearly expressed preference for who should be PM. Under the terms of his redundantly-named Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act, if, at any moment, just over 50 per cent of the MPs of the prime minister's party vote to turf a democratically-elected PM, out he goes. Though the bill wouldn't take effect until after the next federal election, 50 per cent-plus-one of all current Conservative MPs is just 81 people.

Althia Raj

Could Harper Really Lose His Power?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — An NDP MP signalled Friday her party may not support a forthcoming bill aimed at limiting the power of the prime minister. The problems the...

Althia Raj

Why Do These Tories Want To Limit The PM's Power?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA – A group of Conservative backbenchers is planning to do something they have only discussed in secret until now – they want to limit the ...

Warawa's Mind Is Made Up

CBC | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Politics

Conservative MP Mark Warawa says he'll announce tomorrow whether he will appeal to the House over a decision that killed his anti-abortion motion, as ...

More Tories Join Backbench Revolt

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A two-week parliamentary break seems to have done nothing to quell a rebellion by Conservative backbenchers against what they describe as sti...

Hey MPs, This is Question Period Not a Turf War

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Anyone watching Question Period the last few days would be excused if they simply turned it off and walked away in disgust. Basically the kids in the chamber are back to their old games -- insults, evasive answers and slap downs. True it can get partisan blood going, but partisans are already committed to their own side's position. I doubt too many in the public are getting much out of the daily slug-fest. What ever happened to Michael Chong's attempt to reform Question Period? If this past week is an example, those reforms are needed more than ever.

Becoming Canadian: The First-Generation Experience

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Jeremy Diamond

The facts exist to support the argument that first-generation Canadians integrate successfully into Canadian society and achieve high levels of success. But how does the next generation negotiate the various pressures to succeed and integrate into Canadian society? How do they forge an identity that is both Canadian but that also preserves elements of their family's heritage and culture?

Let's Form a Committee on the Committee Problem

Gavin Charles | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Gavin Charles

It's disconcerting to read that members of all three main federal parties agree that the current committee system is seriously flawed. One long-time Liberal MP, Mauril Belanger, quit a committee on which he had served for nearly two decades, saying it was no longer possible to accomplish anything in what had become a hyper-partisan environment.