An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (members who cross the floor)
Peter Stoffer NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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Parliament of Canada Act
June 13th, 2011 / 3:05 p.m.
Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-210, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (members who cross the floor).
Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague from Winnipeg Centre for seconding this bill.
On behalf of all of us here in the House of Commons, I would note that we are elected under a particular banner or as independents. This is not a no-tell motel where we can check in under an assumed name. This carpet between us is very expensive and wears out when people consistently cross the floor.
This particular legislation would restrict members of Parliament from crossing the floor. If members have a falling out with their party, they could easily quit, seek the nomination of the new party they wish to join and go back to their constituents and seek their consent if they wish to fly under a new banner.
That is democracy, and we are hoping for quick passage of this important legislation which, by the way, I have been trying to get through since 1999.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)