Friday, April 29, 2016

What he said!

One of the most enduring problems with Canadian political reporting is the constant conundrum of demanding that MPs exercise more independence, but immediately treating any instances of MPs breaking party ranks as some kind of crisis of leadership....
Yes, Trudeau did promise more free votes, but this is one of those common promises that tends to wind up with MPs voting in lock-step anyway. (Source)

It's true. Media insistence on the fuhrerprinzep in party leadership is appalling. But in the end it's up to the caucuses to address this problem. On the day a caucus (government or opposition, federal or provincial) votes to remove a leader and choose his or her successor, the proper relation between leader and caucus will be re-established.
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