Two more Tory MPs agitate for freedom of speech in House

By Steven Chase, the Globe and Mail, 15 April 2013

One is Pierre Lemieux, an Eastern Ontario MP who is also an assistant to a cabinet minister. He’s parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.

The other one is Michael Chong, MP for the Southern Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills, who told the Commons on Monday that heavy-handed party control over who gets to speak in the House is eroding MPs’ ability to hold governments accountable.

It was unusually candid commentary from a Conservative caucus member and it speaks to the frustration among the sprawling Tory backbench. Mr. Chong once resigned from cabinet after he broke ranks with the government over whether Quebec should be recognized as a nation. 

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