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The best kind of Parliament


 

Irwin Cotler rose during Question Period yesterday with a humble proposal.

Mr. Speaker, the government has used or abused free speech with respect to justifying what has been characterized as reprehensible actions, but it has limited free speech with regard to the frequency of in camera committees. May I, in the spirit of the Christmas season, suggest to the government that it reverse priorities, namely that it ceases and desists from reprehensible actions and protects free speech and parliamentary democracy?

In response, government House leader Peter Van Loan made the case against legislatures.

Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of a fall session in which we have been delivering on the commitments that we made to Canadians at the same time as ensuring that debate occurs and decisions got made.

 One of the things that we see when we compare Canada with other countries is we have a strong economy. If we look at the United States or at Europe, one of the problems is political gridlock. Decisions cannot get made.

 Here in Canada we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of Canadians on the economy and on tackling crime. We will allow debate to occur, but we will not allow the political gridlock that the other parties want to see put in place here.


 

The best kind of Parliament

  1. Hey, ‘free speech’ also includes offering non-answers to straight questions.

    • and being truthish (or truthy).

  2. “If we look at the United States or at Europe, one of the problems is political gridlock. Decisions cannot get made.”

    Wait until he experiences the gridlock of an elected Senate.  If that happens and we have a Conservative House, and Liberal Senate (or vice-versa… and don’t say it won’t happen, it most often will, look at the U.S. House vs U.S. Senate over the years), then PVL will see real gridlock.  Gridlock entirely of this government’s creation, and no other.

    • “If we look at the United States or at Europe, one of the problems is political gridlock. Decisions cannot get made.”

      …Whereas in a place like the People’s Republic of China they don’t face these pesky problems.

    • Obviously, Van Loan would like Canada to be more like Russia, where the government maintains a faux opposition while “decisions get made”…in fact, where the government does pretty much whatever the hell it wants.

      Harper has more in common with Putin than any other “democratic” leader.

  3. LOL.. are they really channelling GWB2s, “I’m the decider!”?

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