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127. Renewing Canadian Democracy

WHEREAS the practices of the current federal government have resulted in Canadians becoming concerned about erosion of Canadian parliamentary democracy;

WHEREAS the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada has recognised this concern and has suggested that one focus of the next Liberal election platform should be an emphasis on renewing Canadian democracy;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada support the Leader’s proposal to include renewing Canadian democracy as a focus of the next election campaign;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada encourage our Leader to state clearly, prior to the next election campaign, the changes a Liberal government would make;

BE IF FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Policy and Election Platform Committee prepare a document, listing options for inclusion by the leader in this statement. Elements might include: governance principles; transparency; the role and responsibilities of MPs as representatives of their constituencies; and the restoration of the role of the Senate as an independent and non-partisan component of the Canadian Parliament.

Senior Liberals’ Commission