‘Without ever bringing a plan to Parliament’

by Aaron Wherry

Seven years ago, the Liberal government of the day tabled a budget implementation act that included legislation related to the Kyoto Protocol. As Elizabeth May noted earlier this week, the leader of the opposition at the time was unimpressed.

I also want to raise questions about the budget implementation act that was tabled today. We have several concerns on this, most notably the amendments that would give the government unlimited power to implement Kyoto without ever bringing a plan to Parliament. This is a back door manoeuvre to give the government a blank cheque. It is a dangerous way of proceeding. It will certainly not have the support of this party. If the government has a Kyoto plan, why does it refuse to present it to Canadians?

This complaint seems similar in substance to concerns now being raised about EI provisions that the Conservative government has included in its latest budget implementation. Which is ironic because the leader of the opposition in 2005 is now the leader of the government.

In the case of the 2005 budget bill, the Liberals, under threat of defeat, eventually withdrew the Kyoto provisions.

As noted here previously, the Young Stephen Harper opposed omnibus legislation on principle.

‘Without ever bringing a plan to Parliament’

  1. Face it. Young Stephen Harper would not even recognize what he has morphed into now.
    He has abandoned principles and justified it with the need for power. Can a Conservative supporter please explain to me why this is good for Canada?

    • Obviously because the majority of Canadians, having been mislead by the Mainstream Media for years now, simply don’t know what’s good for them, so need the unfettered hand of a strong, stable, Conservative majority government to impose these most excellent policies on them. Otherwise, we will keep getting treated like children by the nanny sta… heeeeyyy.. wait a second…

      • To be fair Thwim, don’t you think the EI system needs some tweaking? JC even tried to make some regional adjustments but the Atlantic provinces screamed bloody murder. There are legit reasons to support some seasonal work but the system does get abused.

        • If it needs tweaking, then present and sell the idea to the public and debate and legislate them through the HoC; don’t sneak them in through the back door of an omnibus bill and then limit debate.

        • To be fair, Le_o, that’s a bloody huge red herring and you know it.

          There are lots of things that need tweaking, but the issue here is that this pathetic pack of cowards hasn’t the cojones to bring any of these issues in front of parliament for an actual debate, and is setting things up to be amenable to corruption in the future.

          Think further than your nose and you’ll realize what happens if some party gets in and it happens to be an MP from the Atlantic Provinces who gets put in the position that has this power to unilaterally adjust EI regulations, and whose re-election depends on people who do the seasonal work. Will you be so sanguine about these changes then?

          • It’s amazing how some people can mis-use words and phrases such as “to be fair”. Why not say “to insult you and this country with partisan natterings”

  2. Worth noting, thank you.

  3. Cons don’t actually HAVE any principles….in fact they don’t even recognize principles..

    They just go with the mood of the moment.

    • Slight correction: they go with Harper’s mood of the moment. Some of Cons’ initiatives (e.g., gutting the long form census) are so odd, inexplicable, and rationally indefensible, it’s almost like they came to him in the middle of the night.

      • Actually, they are all entirely rational so long as you remember the end-goal is to dismantle the federal government as a representative assembly.

        It’s all pretty textbook stuff from the Politburo. Eliminate metrics which can be used to tell people what’s working and what isn’t. Then increase secrecy and concentrate power so that the elected representatives not within the “circle of power” can’t find out what government is doing until it’s done, can’t find out if what it’s done is good or bad, and even if they do, are unable to do anything about it anyway.

        • The damning bitter irony is of course that many of our elites and punditry think it is only FAIR to give him a go; as if he were some architect from a distant planet that might know the secret to life or something, instead of the hurt, destructive little boy SH really is. Wonder if it will be too late before the wise heads finally see the writing on the wall.

  4. Stephen Harper is the most successful Opposition Leader in the history of Canada continuing to hold the post even with a rock solid majority of votes in parliament. He has successfully resisted the responsibility of governing for over a decade and he has accrued powers as Opposition Leader never seen before. He doesn’t answer the questions and criticisms; he lobs those at the other parties, ascribing every negative result to their shortcomings, their failure to govern. He only ever wanted to break government down and he is succeeding because we suspend our disbelief to assume he is interested in either governing or Canada itself when he is just a libertarian usurper, sabotaging what he cannot dispense with altogether.

  5. Sorry. SH doesn’t do irony…not now, if ever!

  6. What do they say again about democracy and informed consent?

    The way the EI changes are introduced is bad, but the changes themselves are a lot worse. Old woman here remembers a time when such discretion in the hands of bureaucrats would lead to the worst abuses and discrimination.

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