Loading up the omnibus bill - Macleans.ca

Loading up the omnibus bill


Again this afternoon, the Liberals asked the Conservatives to table a separate bill to deal with MP pensions. The Conservatives don’t seem interested.

Marc Garneau: Mr. Speaker, yesterday I asked the government for a separate bill on MP pension reform so that Canadians could see how their MPs support this very important bill in a stand-alone fashion. I did not get an answer. Is the Prime Minister worried about a backlash from his own backbench members if he does not force this down their throats as part of a single budget bill? I have a proposition for him. How about a separate stand-alone bill, and the Liberals will co-operate in fast-tracking it? This is the kind of thing Canadians expect: transparency from their government.

Tony Clement: Mr. Speaker, we will not have a separate stand-alone bill when it comes to MP pensions or salaries. We will have a budget implementation bill that is focused on jobs, the economy and economic growth in this country, as we indicated previously. I am not surprised that the Liberals and the NDP on the other side have already voiced their opposition to this bill without even seeing it. That is how they operate. However, we are focused on jobs and economic growth for this country and we will continue to be so.


Loading up the omnibus bill

  1. Why would Slushfund Tony care…he’s already set for life when his constituents finally wake up and retire him.

  2. Nice, Tony! So you package something most Canadians want and which the opposition is willing to support – a pension reform for MPs – with a bunch of things you know they will hate and vote against, so you can say “The opposition voted against pension reform!!!”

    Talk about petty partisan politics… Wow!!!

  3. Would you buy a Gazebo from Teflon Tony?

    • I already did.

  4. I am a calm, mild mannered person who tries to view events objectively – yet I still find the tide of contempt rising up inside of me, ready to shout out loud Tony Clement is an absolute scumbag!!!!!!.
    I hate myself for yielding to the anger, yet feel fully justified in releasing it.

    I hate politicians

  5. So it took us about 20 years to learn this had all party support all along?

  6. Promoting jobs and growth through cutting…? this must be the new math?