Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chong's Reform Bill, cont'd

T'other day, I thought it was the backroom types who were most hostile to suggestions that the elected representatives of the Canadian people should have some role in our political life.  Just to prove me right, along came... David Frum!  (Aaron Wherry's takedown here)

Worth noting among these effusions:  Chong's proposal is not to remove party discipline, as is alleged in hand-wringing fashion.  It would move the authority to discipline from the leader alone to the caucus collectively.  The caucus will always have a strong incentive to remain united, because without it... opposition forever.  It's just that caucus's discipline would apply to the leader as to other members.
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