OMG. I can hardly believe my furry ears. But a strange sound is coming from the Con Castle.
And no, it's not the sound of Great Scandalous Leader standing in front of a mirror, and screaming "I know NOTHING !@#!!!" Over and over again. To see which one looks more credible.
No, it seems that one of his
A Conservative MP is set to introduce a bill that would give party caucuses significant powers — including the ability to vote out their leader.
One measure would entrench in the Parliament of Canada Act that the different Commons caucuses — also referred to as parliamentary parties — have the power to trigger a leadership review vote, as long as 15 per cent of the caucus applies in writing for one. After that, a simple majority of MPs, 50 per cent plus one, could vote to turf the leader and have a leadership race.
Andrew Coyne is calling it a REVOLUTION.
Should it pass, Parliament would never be the same again. The bill would fundamentally recast the relationship between party leaders and caucuses, and with it the whole structure of our politics. The balance of power would shift, irrevocably, in favour of MPs and their riding associations, and away from the leaders and their apparatchiks. In sum, this is a vastly consequential bill, and fully deserving of the historical echoes in its short title: The Reform Act, 2013.
And although the bill wouldn't come into effect until after the next election.
And I'm a bit worried about what might happen to Michael Chong...
Or any Con who dares to vote for it.
One way or the other it could be BIG trouble for Stephen Harper.
Because if he does put down the revolt.
By stripping off his sheep's clothing, and revealing his inner wolf...
He'll look like a power hungry control freak.
Just at the time when he's trying to convince Canadians he's such a hands-off guy he didn't even know what was going on in his own office.
His restless backbenchers would become even more unhappy, and his party even MORE divided.
And if he does agree to a free vote, to buy some peace, and the bill passes. And those backbenchers know they don't need his approval to run again.
It would remove the current provision in the Elections Act requiring any candidate for election to have his nomination papers signed by the party leader. Instead, the required endorsement would come from a “nomination officer,” elected by the members of the riding association. In other words, the riding association, and not the leader, would decide who its nominee was. There would be no leader’s veto.
They wouldn't be afraid to speak out. Party discipline would break down.The religious fanatics would come out of the woodwork. And make the Cons look like the Reform Party again, in the lead-up to the next election.
Which needless to say would be very, VERY good for us....
Yup. One way or the other it's bad news for Great Sheeple Leader.
He's not the man he used to be eh?
He will not escape those Senate questions. He will not escape his caucus.
The revolt is just beginning.
And his time is running out...
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