June 10th, 2014

How much bad legislation can one government draft?

Stephen Harper’s government will be forced yet again to defending the constitutionality of one of their bills – this time, C-24. On the heels of seeing their pick for the Supreme Court rejected, their Senate agenda ruled unconstitutional and several Conservative crime bills struck down, their competence as legislators is in question.

“Today Rocco Galati and the Constitutional Rights Centre joined the many stakeholders we’ve heard from in committee to question whether the Conservative government’s citizenship bill is constitutional,” said Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard), the NDP’s critic for Citizenship and Immigration.

The NDP is calling on the government to withdraw and then reintroduce C-24, so that it can be referred to committee before second reading. This would allow MPs to work together to fix the immigration bill’s substantial flaws.

“The Conservatives are not only bad administrators, they are bad legislators as well. Canadians deserve better,” added Blanchette-Lamothe.