Inside Politics

Score one for Tory MP Brad Trost - and parliamentary democracy!

In a surprising, if universally welcomed move, the government has served notice that it intends to back Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost's bid to give MPs the final say over House committee chairs.

Under Trost's proposal, the procedure and house affairs committee will look into replacing the current system of having party whips put forward their candidate of choice on committee-by-committee basis with a preferential ballot that would allow the House as a whole to elect a full slate of committee chairs at the start of each session.

Despite the preliminary show of support by their party, however, Conservative MPs twice denied consent for a Liberal motion to pass it on the spot, which would have sent the matter to committee immediately.

As a result, it dropped to the bottom of the private members' list when the first hour of debate wrapped up earlier today, which means it likely won't go to a vote until later this year.

Still, at least it isn't destined to die on the Commons floor, which makes this a good day for anyone who harbours a hankering to have the House get its historic groove back.

Bring on the eventual committee hearings! 

UPDATE: A subsequent press release sent out by Liberal caucus communications reiterated the party's support for Trost's motion, which it characterized as a "constructive proposal that could improve representation in Parliament, and the way parliamentary business is conducted. 

It also chided the government - specifically, the Prime Minister's Office -- for blocking the attempt to fast-track it through to committee:   

Unfortunately, some Members of the House blocked this motion.  As has been pointed out on Twitter by an MP from another Party, Mike Wallace from the Conservative Party blocked his own members' motion.  Once again, we see the PMO has no interest in having community voices represented in Parliament, only the Prime Minister's voice in their communities.



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