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‘Something has to give:’ MPs across party lines push to reform Parliament, loosen party control

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The All-Party Democracy Caucus is surveying MPs to see where there’s momentum for change in the wake of a Samara report that found ex-MPs disillusioned by their lack of independence.

In contrast to a report released Tuesday based on former MPs's views, current Parliamentarians say committees are still places where good work gets done. From left, Conservative Blake Richards, NDP David Christopherson, Liberal Anita Vandenbeld, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and Liberal MPs Denis Paradis and Wayne Easter. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file
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MPs in the All-Party Democracy Caucus are canvassing colleagues for feedback on parliamentary reform to see where there’s momentum for change in the wake of a report released this week that found ex-MPs were disillusioned by the level of party control, partisanship, and their lack of independence. Caucus co-chair and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld said the anonymous survey to MPs will help the caucus “determine where there’s momentum,” and the areas where there’s real support from MPs for

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