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‘Parliament as defender of the public purse’

Pierre Poilievre invokes the highest principle


In a speech delivered yesterday, Pierre Poilievre explains why the Harper government wants input into collective bargaining at crown corporations.

It is a lovely principle. One that could be equally applied to comprehensive estimates reform, a fully independent and well-funded parliamentary budget officer, the independence of government backbenchers, the independence of parliamentary committees and the importance of government transparency and disclosure.


‘Parliament as defender of the public purse’

  1. Pollievre’s entire argument for micro-management rests on a single lie that Crown Corporations “can enter into a room with a union leader, negotiate an agreement and send the bill to the taxpayer who doesn’t have a say.”

    That just isn’t the case. Crown Corporations are constrained to work within the laws, policies and budgets that parliament has approved. This shouldn’t be news to someone who has been a member of the privy council for several years, but it’s apparently news to the entire Conservative caucus.

    If the Government has no confidence in the people they appointed to ensure this, the Government can rescind their appointments.

    The main actors in this Government don’t know how to make laws or policy or set expectations because they are such fumblers they don’t even really trust each other to make independent decisions no matter how small. They talk about management but can’t conceive of anyone actually following their leadership so they run around with shovels to fill the potholes like inept small town mayors.

  2. No matter. I read somewhere recently that unions are in deep doo-doo
    because the Connies and their soul mates dislike labour a lot more than
    Libbies and Dippers like it. The bottom of that slope ain’t far down.

  3. These crown corporations are creatures of parliament. If parliament is unhappy with them they can withhold funding in the budget.

    • or they can privatize them.