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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

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.

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Bloc Québécois has most to lose from Quebec’s shrinking seat count, says Béland

Both the Bloc and the NDP plan to fight it, but Quebec losing a seat is just the start of a bigger trend. 'Overall, the weight of the province [in Parliament] is declining.'

PM Trudeau makes changes in senior ranks of PMO, according to an internal PMO memo

News|By Abbas Rana
Brian Clow and Marjorie Michel were appointed as deputy chiefs of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Oct. 25.

Conservatives must take ‘soft’ pro-life stance on abortion to win back socially conservative base, say MPs and Campaign Life Coalition

News|By Matt Horwood
The Campaign Life Coalition called on Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole to resign, saying he lost the election by 'incessantly pushing his pro-abortion and socially liberal views.'

Liberal MPs want to know why leadership taking their ‘sweet-ass time’ to call first post-election caucus meeting, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
Nine-term Liberal MP Judy Sgro says the Liberal caucus will review the party’s election performance once the caucus meetings start.

Pre-Christmas agenda: what can the Liberals do before the House breaks again?

MPs will sit for four weeks before the House breaks for another six. There will be plenty to do before the government can meaningfully advance its new legislative agenda.

Three more MPs say they’re running in House Speaker’s election

News|By Abbas Rana
Five MPs are running for the House Speaker’s position, which will be decided by a vote on Nov. 22.

NDP and Bloc caucuses vote not to adopt Reform Act measures

News|By Ian Campbell
Only the Liberal caucus has yet to hold its Reform Act votes for the new Parliament, while a veteran political scientist says that the Conservative caucus has shown 'guts' in adopting all four Reform Act measures.

As Canada faces rising inflation, economists urge caution in raising interest rates, with MPs saying federal government should share blame

News|By Matt Horwood
Accelerated money printing by central banks, labour shortages, and a change in Canadians' spending habits have all contributed to the highest inflation rate since 2003, which the Bank of Canada says is 'temporary'

In wake of British MP killing, Canadian MPs say they’ve seen a dramatic escalation in ‘overall toxicity of politics’ here at home in recent years, and want to make it stop

News|By Mike Lapointe
From the 'echo chamber' of social media, to the isolation of individuals that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs from all sides of the political spectrum say they've noticed a deterioration of political discourse.
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