It's been suggested by many observers that a Conversative MP doesn't table a private member's bill without the explicit permission of the government but until now I don't think I've seen it stated in the media quite this bluntly. This is from a CBC piece by Chris Hall on Jason Kenney's recent public statements concerning citizenship and terrorism.
Conservative insiders say every bill put forward by Conservative backbenchers are all vetted by ministerial offices, and do not proceed without a sign off.
I'd be curious to know who the "insiders" are and how reliable their information is. It's not a big leap from vetting the proposed legislation to amending it before it's ever presented. It's not that much bigger a leap to writing the legislation and giving it to a backbencher to put forward, which would be a way to game the system so that policy can be proposed without actually having the leadership's fingerprints on it. The phrase "plausible deniability" comes to mind.
So does this apply to motions too? Does this mean that, as just one example, Stephen Woodworth's Motion 312, calling for a committee to be struck to debate the point at which a fetus would be considered a human being, was vetted by a minister before being tabled in the Commons? Could someone track down those insiders and put the question to them?