Five for fighting

by Aaron Wherry

You new senators are Bob Runciman, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Vim Kochhar, Elizabeth Marshall, and Rose-May Poirier. Runciman, for one, has already proven a valuable member of the team.

In 1985, opposition leader Bob Runciman was part of Frank Miller’s minority government. He recalls Rae was instrumental in engineering the Tories’ downfall. Miller was in a weaker position than Stephen Harper, because the Liberals had won slightly more of the popular vote and Miller’s margin of victory was only four seats. The NDP — with Rae as leader — held the balance of power…

As last week’s parliamentary shenanigans unfolded, Runciman got in touch with his Conservative colleagues on Parliament Hill to give them the benefit of his experience. ”I immediately sent my friends at the federal level my encouragement to prorogue the House, because one of the mistakes we made was not resisting,” he said.




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Five for fighting

  1. "”I immediately sent my friends at the federal level my encouragement to prorogue the House, because one of the mistakes we made was not resisting,”

    Resisting what? The will of a majority of voters?

  2. "That would be quite a clash of egos with Michael Ignatieff, Stephane Dion and Bob Rae all in the same room."

    <sarcasm>Wow, with that understanding of the subtle nuances of power, no wonder he's in the senate.</sarcasm>

  3. They're more than some pretty faces beside a train. It's not easy to be them.

  4. "He thinks he's the smartes person in the room"

    People won't like this opinion, but regardless of what one thinks of he's ideology, he usually is.

  5. He's smart, experienced, and a genuine SOB (in terms of raw political ferocity).

    • And he can sing, too. Kinda.

  6. "Our government is serious about getting tough on crime," Harper said in the statement. "Since we were first elected, we have made it one of our highest priorities. [...] The Liberals have abused their Senate majority by obstructing and eviscerating law-and-order measures that are urgently needed and strongly supported by Canadians."

    When are Canadians going to stand up and challenge both these bald-faced lies.

    It is indeed one of his biggest priorities… to continually announce that he will introduce crime measures but not actually get them passed into law.

    How many times has he introduced this batch of crime laws and then chosen to throw them out the window? Three, four times?

    Announcing crime law changes may be Harper's highest priority, but actually changing the law is clearly not.

  7. [cont.]

    And to lie about how the senate holding things up? The other day he blamed the Senate for blocking the so-called "Truth in Sentencing" Act, but as Kady O'Malley showed, the Senate passed it faster than the House and it became law within 4 months of introduction, way faster than most other laws. And the Senate passed about 40% of the bills he introduced, the rest they never got a chance to because of prorogation.

    The Senate rubberstamping the bills passed by the House is an abdication of their Constitutional mandate and duty.

    Was it democratic? No. I personally think it should be elected but Harper hasn't really done anything make that happen so we are stuck with what we have. Of course. But it is now even less democratic than it was before because Conservative senators hold a stronger hold on the Senate than the Conservatives hold in the House.

    • Can we get a Truth in Demagoguery Act?

  8. On April 29, 2008, Bob Runciman introduced a private member's bill in the Ontario Legislature to provide for the election in Ontario of nominees for appointment to the Senate of Canadahave Ontario hold an election. It was lost at second reading on division.

  9. Bob has as much political sense federally, as he did provincially, apparently. Is he trying to take credit for an action that has caused a 10 -15 point drop for the Conservatives in polling since that action was taken?

  10. "[Victims' rights activist Pierre-Hugues] Boisvenu says his group was disappointed after the prorogation of Parliament earlier this month scrapped bills that would have called for tougher measures on crime." – CanwestNews Service, 25 September 2007

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