Told you so

Stephane Dion chides the Conservatives on news that the Harper government will be referring its Senate reforms to the Supreme Court.

“Liberals have long called on this government to refer its Senate reform legislation to the Supreme Court in order to ensure its constitutionality. In fact, it was Liberal Senators who first made this recommendation in a 2007 report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Unfortunately, the government chose to ignore our requests, and instead spent years dragging its feet.

“It is puzzling that it has taken the Harper Conservatives so long to come to this realization. Had they heeded our advice at the outset, they would be five years further down the road on these changes.”




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Told you so

  1. There are so many things on which the Hon. Stéphane Dion could, “Told you so …”

  2. Had they heeded our advice at the outset, they would be five years further down the road on these changes.

    I’m not so sure that’s true. Not as it applies to THESE changes at any rate. I think it’s entirely possible that the Supreme Court is going to say “these proposed legislative changes are constitutionally moot gobbledygook, so if you want to reform the Senate you need to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch”.

    • But they could have been sure of that position 5 years ago – and I’m not sure the proposed changes are substantially different from that time.

      • Oh, for sure. In fact, they could have started from scratch 5 years ago.

        That said, if they’d learned from the Supreme Court in 2007 that their Senate reform plan was poppycock, then they couldn’t have touted their Senate reform plan during the 2008 and 2011 elections.

  3. “It is puzzling that it has taken the Harper Conservatives so long
    to come to this realization. Had they heeded our advice at the outset,
    they would be five years further down the road on these changes.”

    Well not if they didn’t want to hear what the court had to say about their changes in the first place. Meanwhile Harper gets to stack the senate and effectively control the agenda of both houses. Sweet! Having your cake and eating it, and mocking those who’d like a piece themselves. Strikes me as being an ideal set of political circumstances for this Irony deficient PM.

  4. What has the Minister (of State) for Democratic Reform been doing to earn the limousine in all this time?

    • I keep forgetting there’s a Minister (of State) for Democratic Reform now!

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