tightened into a stranglehold it has, in effect, made it impossible for MPs to represent their constituents' views in
Parliament. The Pirate Party rejects this model of how a party should be run. Fundamentally we see a political party as
an alliance of equals with shared values.
"The party will avoid the use of whipped votes in Parliament. Instead opting to seek caucus consensus through debate and discussion."
views. The Pirate Party is committed to reaching a consensus on issues through debate and discussion, not oppression
"The party will for each vote state a recommended way of voting but will not hold its members to it."
time we started loosening the chains of party discipline. Not only will parliamentary debate improve but constituents will
finally have better representation.
There are those who say this model is impossible. I have found this view often espoused by the NDP who have made it a
habit of whipping votes when there is absolutely no reason to. I am rather suspicious of parties that do not tolerate
dissent. Contrary to NDP claims there is a better way.