<< return

Liberals to make review of leader more difficult

National executive favours changing voting format


Bill Curry
29 September 2003


OTTAWA - 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.

Privacy Policy
Akaash Maharaj - Breaking News


World Anti-Doping Agency


My presentation to the global board

Television appearances

TVO's The Agenda

My television panel on corruption in the political classes

Radio interviews

United Nations

My address in the UN General Assembly Chamber

Published articles

Montreal Gazette

My article on sport doping and Olympic politics

iTunes Podcast
My YouTube Channel
My Twitter Tweets
My Facebook Profile
My Instagram Gallery
My Flickr Photo Album
My LinkedIn Profile
My Tumblr Page
My RSS 2.0 Newsfeed