- The Liberal party's national executive has supported making it harder for rank-and-file party members to trigger a leadership review, one week after Paul Martin secured his bid to become leader.
The current rules call for two votes to be held during a leadership review, one from delegates at a convention and another from all members of the party.
At a meeting on the weekend at an Ottawa hotel, the Liberal executive recommended the one-member-one-vote aspect of the review be scrapped. The proposed chance to the party's constitution must now be approved by more than two-thirds of party delegates at the November leadership convention.
Akaash Maharaj, the Liberal party's national policy chairman and candidate for party president, described the current system as a "strange double-headed beast."
The main problem with the membership vote is that membership rules vary greatly from province to province, he said, with some granting lifetime memberships [for free] while others charge $25 a year.
"The existing system could create, under certain circumstances, a race to the bottom, where different jurisdictions who felt differently about a sitting leader would progressively lower the threshold for membership until they could effectively take over the vote. That has now been done away with," he said.