Counter Point – Bill Kingston Mouth Farts his Partisan Harper Blue Over Reform Act Bill by Jamie Gilcig

Counter Point – Bill Kingston Mouth Farts his Partisan Harper Blue Over Reform Act Bill by Jamie Gilcig

Kingston KorneredCornwall Ontario– I know commentary is supposed to trigger a reaction in the media.   We pundits, columnists, and editorial scribblers can even handle when response isn’t favorable, but Bill Kingston’s mouth farts today on our local Corus radio station bring up those little bits of pre-vomit  as Mr. Kingston attacked  Conservative MP Michael Chong’s private member bill; The Reform Act.

The principal of the act is to give more power to the elected and electing.   It creates bars that are more easily attained to replace a party leader and even allow local riding associations to choose their own candidates.

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…allowing riding associations to pick their candidate rather than the party leader. What’s to say a bush-league riding association picks a candidate that doesn’t align with the party ideals and vision – another dangerous road to go down.

What exactly would be wrong with a candidate that doesn’t agree with each and every tenet of a party?  That’s utterly ridiculous!

The Reform Act is one of the most exciting pieces of Democracy Canada has seen in a generation.   It deserves to be fully debated; maybe even amended; but at the end of the day it’s a chance to clearly and truly give the public a reason to get more involved with the political process as the current hyper partisan party politics drives people away and creates more political apathy.

Bill; get with the program and stop drinking the kool aid!  What do you have against Democracy anyway?

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Roy Berger
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But good golly. I agree with Bill Kingston. Now what? Regarding Chong and his piece-meal reform bill. He feels MP’s don’t have enough power. M.P’s do have a voice. They can speak. They can vote. They can break ranks. They are trying to toss out the Senate so they can have emotional, knee-jerk reactions on changing legislation. They can vote their conscience. They vote on laws…regular Canadian citizens aren’t allowed to vote on laws. M.P.’s can cross the floor. They can ride the bus and use sidewalks. They can write papers. They have assistants and offices. They can bring issues… Read more »

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

@ Roy Berger: How is it, then, that Conservative MPs daren’t speak their mind or wander from PMO scripts for fear of being stripped of their cabinet post (Michael Chong), thrown out of caucus (Bill Casey), facing Harper’s wrath or being chewed out by the Harper Youth (“boys in short pants”) in the PMO? Regardless of party, how did the well-worn notion of MPs acting like trained seals come into being? As to suggesting MPs risk having too much power, what does that say of the constituents who elect them? Do they have to play along and act like sheep?… Read more »

Furtz
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Furtz

@ PJ. If you’re scooping a six figure paycheck, plus perks and expenses, why would you piss off your boss?

PJ Robertson
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PJ Robertson

@ Furtz: Too true, I suspect, of too many of the knee-jerk hand-clapping variety.