There has been a lot of talk about my colleague Michael Chong’s bill passed in the previous parliament, and which is now called The Reform Act. I think by now you know what it does, especially with the recent controversies in the news about my parliamentary colleagues, MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Dr. Jane Philpott.
I wanted to let you know that when it was introduced, and then passed, I opposed this bill, and I still do. Let me tell you why: I believe it took the power of grassroots away and gave it to MPs when it came to the future of Party Leaders. I expressed my disagreement publicly with this bill while in the Canadian High Commission in London, out of all places, very near to the mother of our Parliament, Westminster.
Coincidentally, after the 2015 election, as the article here above states, the bill made me “King for a Day” since as Dean of the Caucus (longest continuously serving MP of a party caucus), I chaired the meeting which elected my friend Rona Ambrose as the interim Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Funny how life happens, eh?