Xtra
2 min

Someone to fix the flaws

It’s a good thing the Senate is around
because the government will now be relying on them to fix a problem with the
omnibus crime bill, since the Conservatives realized they needed to make a change, but oops
– they were no longer at a stage in the process where they could do so (because
yes, process matters). So now it’s up to the Senate to fix it for them. Because
hey, we have no use for the upper chamber, and the House of Commons obviously
passes perfect bills every single time, right? Incidentally, this should be an
object lesson in not rushing bills through the process without proper study and
consideration. Also, Irwin Cotler knows what he’s talking about, so probably
best not to ignore him out of hand.

A prominent Alberta businessman will “run” for the Senate when the province runs its next sham “consultative election”
farce. Meanwhile, it looks like number two on the list from the last sham
process will be getting the nod when Senator Tommy Banks retires next month.

What’s that? Government officials went to
Attawapiskat three times in October and didn’t sound the alarm? And nobody
thinks this is a problem?

CBC’s The
Current
took on the “Harperization” issue with “Harper Government”
replacing “Government of Canada,” and lo and behold, the Conservatives trotted
out three examples. But hey, “other governments,” meaning certain provinces, engage in it too, so it must be okay, right?

The Conservatives have admitted that yeah,
they were behind the political dirt-baggery of phone calls to Irwin Cotler’s
riding saying that he’s going to resign. So when does turnabout become fair
play?

What’s that? Sixteen members of the IRB have Conservative ties? After Jason Kenney assured us that it was maybe two and that they
face a “rigorous screening process?” What? To rigorously screen that they are
in fact Conservatives?

A former Chinese spy who defected to Canada sounds the alarm about Chinese journalists here.

The families of more single fallen soldiers
are coming forward to talk about the discrimination they face because
they’re not eligible for the same benefits.

And Senator Francis Fox, who was the author
of the Access to Information Act in the Trudeau government, has retired three
years early because of an ill family member.

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