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It’s time for MPs to seize opportunity presented by democratic empowerment motion

By Paul E.J. Thomas      

Even if the Democratic Empowerment motion fails to pass, the debates on its provisions in the House and at committee will lay the groundwork for the mandatory review of the Standing Orders that will take place following the next election.

Liberal MP Frank Baylis, pictured with Liberal MP Sonia Sidhu, is leading a rainbow coalition of parliamentarians from the Conservative, Green, Liberal, and New Democratic parties have developed the Democratic Empowerment motion. The Hill Times file photograph

In the 2014 book Tragedy in the Commons, the Samara Centre for Democracy’s co-founders, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, called on Members of Parliament to stop “colluding in their servitude” and start restoring the role and influence of individual MPs that had slowly been eroded by rising party discipline and the concentration of power in the hands of party leaders.

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