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Smashing the time allocation record

A new standard for limiting debate


 

Through the first two years of its majority mandate, the Harper government has now invoked time allocation to limit debate on 49 occasions, while the New Democrats count another five uses of closure. That puts the Conservatives well past all previously acknowledged records for time allocation and leaves them on pace to perhaps reach 100 uses of time allocation before the next election.

I return to Francois Plante’s observation about the early parliaments and why there didn’t seem to be any need then for formal time limits.

This came up as a point of discussion between Megan Leslie and Peter Van Loan on CTV last night.


 

Smashing the time allocation record

  1. All in the name of openness and accountability.

  2. The Windsor Hum coincided with Marathon Oil refinery receiving a coker, as part of its $2.2 billion upgrade. They experimented with high heat.

    I live in Windsor, Ontario, on the waterfront near the bridge. I have started a Facebook page entitled Petroleum Coke Awareness Detroit about the petroleum coke mountains that appeared on the riverfront, near the bridge. These come from the refinery Marathon. The New York Times and the UK Guardian and countless other media channels have reported on this. One interesting fact is the company that stores it “Detroit Bulk Storage”, owned by a Windsor family, tried to divert attention from these piles by saying to someone, “I don’t know why they are fussing about these, they are nothing compared to what is kept on Zug Island.”

    So, I checked Google Earth and Google Images and it appears that a lot of pet coke is stored badly on Zug Island. Friends on the American side tried to investigate (including James Fassinger who wrote the photojournalism piece in the Guardian) and Homeland Security guards prevented, harassed and looked up their licence plate numbers and knew them by name.

    I checked the Canadian side to see where I could view it and there is only one street that has any view of Zug Island. It is Chappus Street, off Sandwich St. I drove to it but it is barricaded closed and a uniformed guard in a truck told me to get out, I am on private property. He said it is Federal Land. There were no trespassing signs and barbed wire and guards all in the area – this on the Canadian side! What is being hidden from us?

    Ruth Germain

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