Understanding Reform Act 2013

February 10, 2014

Reform Act 2013

Recently, Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, announced his support for Bill C-559, more commonly known as The Reform Act 2013. The Reform Act is an effort to strengthen Canada’s democratic institutions by restoring the role of elected Members of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The Reform Act puts forward three simple reforms to strengthen Parliament by proposing to restor local control over party nominations, strengthen caucus as a decission-making bodyand reinforce the accountability of party leaders to caucuses. The bill has passed First Reading in the House of Commons.

Mr. Miller and several other MPs have announced their support for this bill. Furthermore, in a survey question put out to the membership of CARP, 76% of the respondents indicated that they approved of the legislation.

More information on the technical aspects of the bill can be found at:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6334941