Kudos to Conservative MP Michael Chong for introducing a bill that would give MPs more freedom to vote independent of the Prime Minister's Office.
The only criticism should be that it does not go far enough. Currently, Canada is being governed by unelected bureaucrats in the PMO whose only loyalty is to the prime minister.
Their decisions are short term and based on re-election, not long term for the good of the country. This not only applies to the current government. Any other party we elect would be the same.
So how do we solve this problem? I would vote for any party that would pass laws to put a fixed number of terms on MPs.
If politicians knew that they had to live with their decisions rather than make a career in politics and then be cocooned in a gold-plated pension should they hold on to their seats long enough, it would make them think more long term.
MPs should be well paid as they will help run a billion-dollar operation, but their pension should be the same as the rest of us.
In short, government office should be looked upon as more of a duty to Canada rather than a profession for personal gain.