The trouble with the budget bill

From her post-QP scrum today, Elizabeth May laments the budget implementation bill.

The horror of it is that for one thing I think we should be worried about disappearing democracy when this many bills can be changed by being stuffed in a budget implementation bill by a majority government. I mean I understood the sneaky reason that they were putting changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in 2010 in the budget implementation bill because they didn’t have a majority. If they wanted to get something unsavoury passed quickly, that was the only way they could do it when they didn’t have the majority of votes in the House. But when they have the majority of votes in the House, why are they hiding massive changes to environmental law and policy into a bill? 

So I think Canadians should be concerned about first and foremost democracy, the role of Parliament, having adequate opportunities to examine bills when there are such fundamental changes as repealing an Act and replacing it and sticking it in the budget bill. 

There are calls to have the environmental legislation separated into a different bill.




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The trouble with the budget bill

  1. The question is, what action are the opposition parties going to take if the govt will not budge on this? Remember the fuss over the bill to spy on u without a warrant, the one that labelled all critics child pornographers?how quickly quickly the Harprclowns backed off when the mess went viral.
    This needs to happen again with this omnibus bill. Canadians need to be shown the choices that will be made in their name without the appropriate oversight of standing committees.
    Get on it oppposition parties!

    • I don’t see what action is available to the opposition parties.

      A majority Canadian government dominated by a disciplined party is a de facto dictatorship. The only checks are the Supreme Court and the Provinces.

      The opposition has no legislated power.

      The polls will influence the message, but they will have little effect on policy.

      I don’t know how to raise a stink about all this, but if someone does then I’m right behind them.

      • Not so much a question of action per se so much as communicating to the public just what a fast one the govt is going to foist on them.

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    • I am of the opinion that the Liberals should begin formal talks with the NDP to merge.
      I also think that Bob Rae, whose career is finished (sorry Bob, Ignatieff ruined it for you both) should take up a hunger strike to bring attention to the nature of the omnibus bill and the environmental legislation contained within. It will bring Bob a great deal of press, and the longer it goes on, the better the press will be. The strike will create the headline and bring about the awareness needed, with Bob promising to end his hunger strike when the environmental components are separated for individual evaluation both in the HoC and the public. As it progresses, he will garner a great deal of respect across the country and redirect a certain dignity back his way;real conviction and sincerity would undercut the faux brand that has infected Canadian politics.

      It sounds crazy, I know, but it is a form of peaceful protest that would show real stones and it would work .

      • lol

        Harper’s the guy who’d benefit the most from a hunger strike.

      • How about the Liberals and NDP (and Greens) cooperate instead, so that for one thing, Rae and Mulcair and May can take turns with the hunger strike?

        • If I thought they could get any traction with simply holding a press conference and actually get some dialogue going I’d be all for it. But the “left” is too busy muttering among themselves to really stir things up,
          Bob Rae is a fine fellow, but as the third out in the depleted “old school” Liberal batting order, I’m not holding out much hope. This gives him the chance to once again circle the bases to the roar of the crowd and even up the score.

          Unite the Left – remember Jacques Hébert!

  2. If the leaders of the Government won’t discuss, debate or listen, then the only choice is to go over their heads to the people. The Opposition Parties should get together and appoint a person of impeccable standing, a David Suzuiki or Thomas Berger maybe, and call together Canada’s environmental experts — NGO’s, businesses, First Nations, lawyers, engineers — and hold people’s hearings. It might be the first actually useful thing that political parties have contributed environmentally.

    • I completely agree.

  3. If the Harper government takes advantage of the lax regulatory climate resulting from this bill to expedite its agenda of unrestrained resource extraction, they will face an extremely hostile coalition of First Nations and diverse environmental activists that will be virulent in its opposition. If they’re spoiling for a fight, I predict they’ll get one. It won’t be pretty.

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