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?
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.
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.