Bill C-559 (Historical)
Reform Act, 2013
An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms)
This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.
Michael Chong Conservative
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduced, as of Dec. 3, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)
This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.
This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to provide that
(a) nomination contests are to be held by a party’s electoral district association;
(b) proof of the party’s endorsement of a prospective candidate is to be provided by the nomination officer of the party’s electoral district association;
(c) a nomination officer is appointed by a majority vote of the electoral district association; and
(d) an application for registration of a political party must include an extract of the party by-laws that sets out the process for leadership review.
It also amends the Parliament of Canada Act to provide for the expulsion and readmission of a caucus member and for the election and removal of a caucus chair.
Reform Act, 2013
December 3rd, 2013 / 10:05 a.m.
Michael Chong Wellington—Halton Hills, ON
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-559, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms).
I have the honour to present my bill. It is a bill that would strengthen the principle on which our democratic institutions in Canada were founded, that being the principle of responsible government. It would strengthen local control over party nominations. It would restore and strengthen the concept of confidence in House of Commons parliamentary party caucuses and would reinforce the caucus as a decision-making body.
The bill is based on some old ideas that people like Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine—a monument to whom is standing behind the Centre Block on Parliament Hill—put forward that established the principles on which modern Canadian political institutions are based. These ideas have laid the foundations for this country. If adopted, I hope this bill will strengthen those ideas and allow our Parliament to flourish in the 21st century.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)