There's a smell of backbench revolution in the air in Ottawa today, with confirmed rumours that Conservative MP Michael Chong (Wellington-Halton Hills, ON) will table a private members' bill that will give backbench MPs in party caucuses the power to oust their party leader, and presumably that also means a sitting Prime Minister (among other powers).
What a fun idea! And coming from the Conservative backbench! It really goes to show that the abuse MPs have taken over the last few decades from all parties is starting to become too much. These "nobodies 50 yards from Parliament," as our Pierre Trudeau once quipped, have really started to feel the pinch in recent years, with the control of the Harper PMO becoming overbearing, and thus causing all the other parties to react in kind. Both the Liberals (remember the abortion motion debacle) and the NDP (long-gun registry) have been forced to build similar fake consensuses through the power of the whip. Its a domino effect that stems from a culture of subservience to the Powers That Be and utter disrespect for backbenchers both within the parties and also the very institutions of Parliament. So, you know, way to go on that one guys.
Not many know the details of Chong's motion so we can't really say what kind of support it will get, but the very fact of its existence is a slap in the face of Harper, and a sign of the biggest wedge in the Conservative Party - its not abortion, though that issue cropping up now and again is a symptom of the bigger issue over the tight-fisted control being exercised from the centre. Whether Chong's fellow Conservative backbenchers will put some weight behind that slap, we'll see. Just don't hold your breath.