I've high hopes and low expectations for Michael Chong's private member bill to shift power to MP's and riding associations. Three elements in the bill to be introduced this Thursday are according to Coyne: Riding Associations have the final say on who gets nominated, not the party leader. Caucus can decide who belongs and can trigger leadership reviews with a 15% petition to be followed by a 50% +1 vote. MP's will have more liberty to disagree with the PMO's direction and to represent their riding.
This sounds democratic but more accurately is a distribution of power to a larger number of inside players. An unrigged gateway in through riding associations is opened wider. I like it.
Other media pretty much reprint the Canadian Press story although the Globe did their own. Michael himself hasn't promoted this on his website and has declined comment until the bill is introduced. The opposition parties that would like to put the chop on our Prime Minister are showing gentlemanly restraint because the bill would cramp their leadership style too. Thus the "low expectations" in my lede.