Tory MP Likens Party To A Dictatorship Where Dissidents Are Punished - 2020-01-02
The Conservative party under leader Andrew Scheer is like a dictatorship, punishing those who break ranks to vote in line with their constituents and their own conscience, according to a long-serving Tory MP.
In an essay posted to his website this week, Ottawa-area MP Scott Reid said he was dismissed from his role as Democratic Institutions critic for the Conservative shadow cabinet in January 2018 because he voted in favour of legalizing cannabis. While a block of Conservative MPs wanted to vote for Bill C-45, the majority, including Scheer, were opposed.
It's a situation that reflects the overall state of the Conservative caucus — "dictatorial in its demands" and "opaque in its management practices," wrote Reid, who represents Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.