What will the Liberal plan for parliamentary reform look like in practice? Will it actually change how Parliament works? The Hill Times asked for my thoughts on the Liberal plan as part of an article that appears in this week’s issue. Unfortunately its available by subscription only, but my general points were:
- The reforms, especially those to Commons committees and the Senate, could substantially increase the autonomy of Parliament.
- Implementing the changes will be very hard since the Liberals have a large legislative agenda, and their proposed reforms would slow their ability to quickly push that agenda through Parliament.
- The reforms could go much further.