If he were here to see this, Stephen Harper would be so disappointed

On the occasion of the government’s decision to limit debate on its omnibus crime legislation, astute commenter Thwim digs up a point of order raised by a young Stephen Harper in response to an omnibus bill proposed by the Liberal government of the day in 1994.

First, there is a lack of relevancy of these issues. The omnibus bills we have before us attempt to amend several different existing laws. Second, in the interest of democracy I ask: How can members represent their constituents on these various areas when they are forced to vote in a block on such legislation and on such concerns?

We can agree with some of the measures but oppose others. How do we express our views and the views of our constituents when the matters are so diverse? Dividing the bill into several components would allow members to represent views of their constituents on each of the different components in the bill.

Mr. Harper’s ancient lament has something in common with the NDP’s current desire to split the crime bill and expedite certain parts of it.

The young Reform MP was arguing, in that case, against a bill that included entirely unrelated measures. And while it could be argued that the crime bill at least groups legislation from one genre, Mr. Harper’s concerns could be applied quite directly to legislation like the 2010 budget bill.




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If he were here to see this, Stephen Harper would be so disappointed

  1. I have long believed there is some kind of paradox at work that constantly stymie conservatism. 

    Young people are full of piss and vinegar and eager to change world but conservatives are also suspicious of youth. By time young conservative ideologues make it power they are middle aged and don’t want aggravation that will occur if they change established policies. 

    I didn’t expect much from Harper et al. but even I have been shocked at how eager Cons were/are to sound and behave like Liberals.

  2. Apples and oranges again Wherry, keep trying.

    • In what way, Turd?  Did you fail to read the article?

      “The young Reform MP was arguing, in that case, against a bill that
      included entirely unrelated measures. And while it could be argued that
      the crime bill at least groups legislation from one genre, Mr. Harper’s
      concerns could be applied quite directly to legislation like the 2010 budget bill.”

    • you might as well be a bot

    • Apples and oranges are what keep the dust motes company inside Turd’s hat supporter

  3. That was then, this is now.

    PS…but nice catch Thwim!

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