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Addressing the democratic crisis

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Editor:

Conservative MP Michael Chongís Reform Act is a private memberís bill in Parliament that would shift the balance of power, giving our individual MPs more freedom to do their jobs and freely represent us.

Already, the Reform Act is gaining momentum right across the political spectrum, with support from a wide range of principled Conservative, NDP, Liberal and Green MPs.

The Reform Act would make sure our MPs can speak more freely without fear of retribution from prime ministers or party leaders, by putting power back in the hands of local constituencies. It would give our MPs the power to remove an abusive party leader ó a vital democratic safety valve in between normal leadership races. And it would allow our MPs ó not party leaders ó to have the final say on whether a given MP should be permitted to sit in their caucus.

This is a bill whose time has come, and while it wonít fix everything, it is a common sense first step towards addressing our democratic crisis.

Canadians from coast to coast to coast are speaking up to support these vital democratic reforms. Our MPs should work together across party lines to pass Chongís bill and put more power back in the hands of everyday Canadians and the MPs who represent us.

Anthony Koch, Madeira Park


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