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Sunday, January 27, 2008

What are our parliamentarians thinking?

Gerry Nicholls reminds us that parliament convenes tomorrow. The best way I know to understand what’s on the minds of our parliamentarians is to take a look at the private members bills before the house.

I like James Bezan’s initiative to create “Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day.” An annual reminder of the horrors of Stalinism seems like a good idea.

I’m always impressed with the legislative work of Gary Breitkreuz. He’s solid, and so is his bill to strengthen property rights.

And here’s one for the Conservative base: Ken Epp’s crafty little bill to strengthen the legal rights of the unborn and force a debate on abortion.

And here’s an awful private members bills from Liberal Wayne Easter to promote supply management in agriculture. Bad idea.

I have my own standard for good legislation: 1. It's written with an eraser. 2. Government is reduced. 3) And the private sector and civil society is strengthened.  I've learned to expect less.

Matthew Johnston

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What are they thinking? Good question, anytime.

Liberals are sick with envy, missing the gravy train and trough with have no engineer to get them on track. They'll be smearing like crazy, yelling accusations all over the map.

The Dippers will be all concerned for the enemy, Taliban prisoners and getting out of Afghanistan so the Taliban can again take over, stoning women and burning schools etc.returning the people there to living hell.
Ditto the Bloc, who wish to have an election now before they bleed any more support.

This has nothing to do with the running of Canada, it's all about the worst kind of political games gaining the people of Canada nothing. They Opposition are sitting on their asses at our expense, refusing to do the work they've been sent to do. We didn't elect any of them to play partisan politics at the expense of good governance.

An election now would surely give Harper a
majority, unless the people of this country have a death wish for all we stand for.

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-01-28 6:37:05 AM

Perhaps this one deserves some attention here:

"Private Members' Notices of Motions

"M-446 — January 30, 2008 — Mr. Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) — That, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act."


For those who don't know, subsection 13(1) of the CHRA is the hate speech provision. It reads: " It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination."

Interestingly, then, Macleans is not on the hook with the CHRA for its PRINT publication, but only because the Steyn column appeared ONLINE as well.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-01-31 7:07:40 AM

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