Earlier this year, Justin Trudeau promised two things: open nominations for Liberal candidates and complete transparency with the Press Gallery. It quickly became clear that his first promise wouldn’t be respected. But we now know that both of them were false promises.
The last people you can trust to fix elections laws are unelected, unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators.
In a recent speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of voter suppression and voter ID laws.
Even a Conservative-dominated Senate Committee is now acknowledging the Unfair Elections Act has crossed the line of basic fairness, and is recommending amendments.
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre happily parrots off lists of identification he claims Canadians can use to vote. But his claims are misleading.
Liberals are now claiming they want to prevent the government from using time allocation and shutting down debate on any amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act.
Stephen Harper is ramming through the Unfair Elections Act and using Time Allocation to avoid debate.
Claim: “When 9/11 occurred in Nunavut I was in the cabinet at the time.” -Leona Aglukkaq, APTN April 8, 2014
While the Conservative government says they will be there for out of work Canadians, as usual, their actions don’t match their spin.
Today, Joe Oliver has been sworn in as the new finance minister, replacing Jim Flaherty, who is slowly retreating to the private sector.
Pity the Conservatives and their paranoid ways.
Early this morning, a federal department issued a press release that said:
Today the federal Conservative government appointed former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews to the bench in Manitoba.
The Conservatives again broke their own record for shutting down debate by using Time Allocation for the 52nd and 53rd time. Add this to the six uses of closure, the most recent being to shut down debate on Brad Butt’s lies to the House of Commons, and you have 59 instances and counting of the Conservatives shutting down debate.
Today, the Liberal Party is proposing a motion that will have MP expenses posted by the House of Commons, rather than rely on a system of self-reporting as the Liberals originally proposed.