Saturday, May 29, 2010

Daily Digest MAY 29, 2010 LIMITED EDITION


THE B.I.A. as currently written is a Trojan Horse

Bill C-9, The Budget Implementation Act as considered in the accompanying attachment
COMMENTS ON BILL C-9 goes far, far beyond implementing the Budget for 2010-2011

It has quite rightly been named by the NDP
'Trojan horse' budget to face NDP opposition

In the Senate Lowell Murray, Progressive Conservative Senator is attempting to have
fellow Senators play their proper role of providing sober second thought rather than
that of being extensions of the party leaders of their respective parties as is the norm.

"Grouping these and others into an all-or-nothing package is no way to run a government, a Parliament, or a democracy."

is the concluding comment of the Toronto Star Editorial that follows

Invitation is hereby extended to any and all supporting this action
to provide, for those receiving the Digest their reasons for so doing.

Break up PM's monster bill

It's tempting to dismiss the latest tussle on Parliament Hill as just another process issue that doesn't touch Canadians in their daily lives and won't rouse them to anger. But like the fallout from prorogation and the controversy over secret Afghanistan files, process can become substance in this country. Canadians have shown they care deeply about parliamentary procedure that offends democracy at its core.

An "omnibus bill" may be a mouthful, but it is now a talking point because of a political sleight-of-hand that effectively muzzles debate. Bill C-9 is a piece of legislation that bundles together a wide range of issues, including parts of the budget, in an unwieldy 904-page document. Because it contains budget measures, the minority government would fall if the opposition parties joined together and voted against it.

Supremely confident that the opposition would dare not vote down Bill C-9, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has effectively denied opposition MPs the opportunity to properly assess the bill's 23 sections and 2,208 clauses. The bill was quickly given second reading, with enough Liberals MPs absent to allow it through. Then it was studied at warp speed by the Commons finance committee in a single day and sent back without amendments to the full House.

Why does this really matter? After all, an omnibus bill is not without precedent in Parliament. But Bill C-9 is unusually sweeping, with many of its measures totally unrelated to the budget, including:

 •  Giving the environment minister unilateral authority to decide on environmental assessments for any project.

 •  Allowing cabinet to sell all or part of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

 •  Regulating the payment network for credit cards nationwide.

 •  Scaling back the exclusive rights of Canada Post to collect letters by permitting outside carriers to do so within our borders.

Grouping these and others into an all-or-nothing package is no way to run a government, a Parliament, or a democracy.

It may fall to Canada's unelected senators to grapple with the bill, and many of its veteran parliamentarians — including Mulroney-era minister Lowell Murray (who still calls himself a Progressive Conservative) — are deeply offended by the government's tactics. There are signs the bill may be unbundled, with the unacceptable pieces sent back to the Commons for reconsideration. That would be a fitting riposte to a Prime Minister who flouts democratic tradition.

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Letting their ethics slide.. MORE...

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Threat of oil spill disaster worse in Canada. MORE...

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Break up PM's monster bill.. MORE...

Twenty years around the Bloc.. MORE...

We can't afford to live in health-care denial. MORE...

To the bottom of this. MORE...

Layton urges Ignatieff to play hardball with Tories on budget

Ignatieff must spend summer earning a reputation

Did Stephen Harper finish off his political career by supporting the HST?

Opposition balks at Tory loophole in detainee record deal

Replacing Canadian fighter jets to cost $9B

RCMP computer report 'designed to hide,' MP says

Mayors say Baird open to new partnerships

Harper to cities: Stimulus must end

NDP to oppose budget bill

Tories increase lead over Liberals: Poll

Police chief insulted by 'false accusation' by Tory MP

Fraser to audit summit expenses

Billion-dollar G20 security cost not a 'blank cheque' security czar argues

Canada still inviting offshore drilling bids while U.S. extends moratorium

Activist files suit against Hill security

Guergis sticks to her guns

Rookie Liberal gets cold shoulder for coming clean on expenses

Do more for injured vets, PM urged'

Referendum on new B.C. tax near, opponents say

New police unit to fight illegal cigarette trade

Nunavut: Polar bear population is healthy

Lucienne Robillard named president of the Quebec wing of the LPC. Translation...

Municipal services up for grabs in Canada-EU trade deal, report says

Study of copyright bill might extend into BBQ season

Harper to meet with new coalition prime minister, Cameron, in Europe trip

Deciphering sides in Canada's 'culture wars'

Bob Rae shrugs off 'hysteria from the dark side'

SAMEDI 29 MAI 2010

· Les conservateurs perdent du terrain

Vingt ans après Meech · Pas question de rouvrir le débat constitutionnel

Ottawa · Le NPD s'oppose au projet de loi conservateur sur le budget

Afghanistan · Le brigadier général Daniel Ménard est relevé de ses fonctions

Layton dit non à Harper

Harper ferme les vannes

Multiculturel, dites-vous?

G8: les dépenses en sécurité égales à la contribution demandée pour les femmes

L'opposition réclame la tête du ministre Clement