moved for leave to introduce Bill C-383, an act to allow the recall of members of the House of Commons.
Mr. Speaker, my private member's bill would restore the very principle of democratic accountability to our system of parliamentary democracy.
It would permit constituents who are unhappy with the representation in their given riding to form a petition requiring 50% of them to terminate the employment of that member of Parliament from his or her elected office. In other words, it would give the electorate the same rights of accountability that most employers have over their employees. It therefore would restore the basic democratic principle that we as members of Parliament are servants and not masters.
I urge all members of Parliament who believe in accountability and are willing to put their records on the line to strongly and overwhelmingly endorse this measure.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)