In early 2009 James Travers wrote an article that won him the National Newspaper Award for best political writing. He died two years later.
In the wake of the robo-call scandal, in a time of increased use of closure and 'in camera' meetings, it's worth reading his award winning column.
We must ask our political leadership, now while a contest is on in the NDP, and when the Liberals have their contest (for the liberals here), what practical steps they will take to devolve powers from the PMO to backbench MPs? What will they do to encourage more grassroots democracy? What will they do to move power away from party offices, and into the hands of party activists?
In short, we must pressure them to make our democracy more democratic.
We cannot miss this opening. This leadership race gives us a chance to make long needed gains in this area. Ask your candidates what their plans are, pressure them to make policy in this area. Lets try to make our democracy relevant again.
What are your thoughts, rabble community?