Prime Minister Harper wants to have six Conservative MPs and three senators assigned to each cabinet minister for consultations on future bills. While this may appear to be an improvement in democracy, this takes away from each cabinet minister and Conservative MP to consult with each other. Under Harper's proposal, I will assume that Harper will appoint the MPs and senators to sit on each committee. Essentially, a Conservative expert on the environment (sounds like an oxymoron) may be appointed by Harper to work under a cabinet minister responsible for transport or veterans affairs. That MP or senator won't be able to consult with any cabinet minister of his or her choice. I also wonder if this is a way to lessen any influence of parliamentary committees by having Conservative only consultative bodies which will probably be a one-way monologue from the Prime Minster to the cabinet ministers and then to the Conservative MPs and senators.
Toronto Star: Persichilli: Prime Minister aims to give his caucus more influence