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The CBC, C-60 and splitting the bill

Another omnibus bill, another fight


 

Officially, C-60, the first budget implementation act of the year, requires 128 pages to print. Government House leader Peter Van Loan gave notice yesterday that he’ll move a motion of time allocation today to limit debate at second reading to a total of five days.

Of the contents of the bills, one of the concerns is the section related to collective bargaining at the CBC and several other crown corporations. The CBC released a statement yesterday in response.

We support efforts to help Crown Corporations manage public resources responsibly. We believe that this initiative may have unintended consequences on the successful operation of some corporations. It is important that these consequences are understood and addressed.

We will be writing to the Government to share our concerns about C-60, and to request a meeting to ensure that Ministers have accurate information on CBC/Radio-Canada’s record, both at managing public resources and delivering on its mandate.

The New Democrats, meanwhile, have tabled their proposal for splitting the bill. The motion was denied yesterday at the finance committee, but, for the record, here is what Peggy Nash proposed.

“That notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, that Bill C-60, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 21, 2013 and other measures be amended by removing the following clauses:

a)         clauses 136 to154 related to the Investment Canada Act;
b)         clauses 161 to 166 related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
c)         clauses 174 to 199 related to the proposed Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act;
d)         clauses 213 to 224 related to the National Capital Act and the Department of Canadian Heritage Act;
e)         clauses 228 to 232 related to the Financial Administration Act and collective bargaining between Crown corporations and their employees;

That the clauses mentioned in section a) of this motion do compose Bill C-61; that Bill C-61 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology;

that the clauses mentioned in section b) of this motion do compose Bill C-62; that Bill C-62 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities;

that the clauses mentioned in section c) of this motion do compose Bill C-63; that Bill C-63 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development;

that the clauses mentioned in section d) of this motion do compose Bill C-64; that Bill C-64 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage;

that the clauses mentioned in section e) of this motion do compose Bill C-65; that Bill C-65 be deemed read a first time and be printed; that the order for second reading of the said bill provide for the referral to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates;

that Bill C-60 retain the status on the Order Paper that it had prior to the adoption of this Order; that Bill C-60 be reprinted as amended; and that the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel be authorized to make any technical changes or corrections as may be necessary to give effect to this motion.”

The Conservatives have said they would like different parts of the bill sent to different committees for study, but we don’t yet have the details of their proposal.


 

The CBC, C-60 and splitting the bill

  1. Yeah, sure, send it to Sun media and let them be the impartial judge.

  2. No big deal. The Obamacare act is 2,700 pages. the U.S. immigration bill is 800 pages plus. This is just a napkin note.

    • In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a border between here and there.

    • Omnibus bills aren’t inherently evil and have been used to expedite changes in many often inter-related (even cross-referenced) Acts pertaining to one common issue (e.g., health care).

      The Cons have used them to ruthlessly and indiscriminately ram dozens of major, disparate legislative changes through Parliament, covering myriad policy areas and departments.

  3. The CBC should be de-funded, the employees given pink slips and the hard assets sold off to be put towards the principle on the national debt.

    The near billion per year subsidy should likewise be paid towards the principle on the national debt.

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