Thursday May 12, 2016
Conservatives discuss 2-term limit for party leaders
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In Canada, prime ministers can serve for more than a decade. The Conservative Party wants that to change.
According to a draft of resolutions leaked earlier this week, The Conservative Party of Canada will discuss limiting party leaders to two terms, when party delegates gather at their national convention later this month.
Term limits are a fixture of U.S. politics but they have never taken root in any major Canadian federal party.
The Conservative party rethinking term limits for leaders has some wondering if the move is a direct swipe at Stephen Harper.
Harper was the sixth longest-serving leader in Canadian history and by the time he left office, he had spent over 3,200 days as prime minister.
Here are a few more examples of long-serving Canadian politicians:
Guests in this segment:
- Kady O'Malley, political reporter for the Ottawa Citizen.
- Eric Adams, associate professor of law at the University of Alberta.
- J. J. McCullough, conservative writer and political commentator.
Should Canada impose a term limit on our prime minister? On party leaders?
This segment was produced by The Current's John Chipman and Ines Colabrese.