Tories ignore Quebec’s last-minute plea on crime bill

“The door was closed,” says Fournier


A last-ditch attempt by Quebec to insert amendments into the Tories’ omnibus crime bill on Tuesday bore no fruit. Quebec’s Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier met with his counterpart in Ottawa, Rob Nicholson, today to ask once more that the Conservative government revise some parts of the bill that he fears will harm the province’s ability to pursue a rehabilitation-oriented approach to young offenders. “I came here today and the door was closed,” Fournier to reporters after the meeting.

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Tories ignore Quebec’s last-minute plea on crime bill

  1. Of course the door was closed.  There are two houses in parliament, the upper and lower houses, otherwise known as the House of Commons and the Senate. 

    The National Assembly of Quebec is not a federal house.  Members of the Quebec National Assembly have no privileges amending federal legislation over any other citizen of the country.  I’ve never been given the privilege of changing federal legislation, so neither should Fournier.  Fournier should be talking to his federal MP instead, the individual who represents his interests in Ottawa.

    • The average citizen does not have the responsibility of enforcing the Criminal Code and finding ways to pay for the decisions of the Feds. Provincial governments and their Justice Ministers do. Given they, too, are elected by their constituents, and that their own responsibilities overlap, and are largely controlled by, those of the Feds, I would argue they have not only a right but a responsibility to seek to have input into changes that impinge upon their finances and their ability to perform the jobs they were elected to do.

      The Feds aren’t obligated to listen – and we know the current crowd don’t even know how to listen – but your claim that a provincial Minister of Justice should have no more influence than you or I have is pure nonsense.  

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