CPR For Canadian Democracy

I received this email from the Green Party of Canada to read and share:

Eldy–
This week MP Michael Chong introduced the Reform Act 2013, a Private Member’s Bill which — if passed — would go a long way to remedy our suffering democratic system.
The bill contains important changes which will reduce the enormous amount of power and influence leaders have over the MPs in their party. This power allows them to “whip” MPs to vote the party line or face the consequences — something the Green Party will never do.
The Reform Act will:
•    Give MPs the power to initiate a leadership review if they feel their leader has stepped out of line.     •    Put power in the hands of the party’s grassroots to nominate their local candidate without the approval of the leader.
These changes are crucial for correcting the extreme power imbalance between party leaders and individual MPs.
Elizabeth May is strongly supporting this bill and is urging all other parties to put aside partisanship and help save our democracy from politics. In fact, the Reform Act is similar to a bill that Elizabeth put forward this spring.
Eldy, it is vital that we get broad support from all political parties for this important democratic reform. Add your name now to show MPs that Canadians are tired of our broken democratic system.
As Elizabeth May has said: “Canadian Democracy is on life support and Michael Chong’s bill is CPR.”
Stand up now and tell Canada’s political parties it is time for a change:
www.greenparty.ca/cpr-for-democracy
Thanks, Paul Add Your Name

Paul Estrin President Green Party of Canada

 

This is the declaration petition that I popped over and signed:

CPR For Canadian Democracy

By Kyle Tate on 3 December 2013 – 4:54pm

Leaders of Canadian political parties have far too much power over individual MPs. This power allows them to “whip” MPs to vote the party line or face the consequences — something the Green Party will never do.

Michael Chong’s Reform Act 2013 will:

  • Give MPs the power to initiate a leadership review if they feel their leader has stepped out of line.

  • Put power in the hands of the party’s grassroots to nominate their local candidate without the approval of the leader.

These changes are crucial for correcting the extreme power imbalance between party leaders and individual MPs.

I strongly support this bill and I urge all political parties to put aside partisanship to help save our democracy from politics.

 

This is a very important issue especially at this time when Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, is running rough-shod over all of the Canadian democratic processes in his narrow-minded bid to provide the oil companies with more and more environmentally-devastating development and profit.

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