Omnibus II: Sequels Are Rarely Better

So Parliament is back and we learned this week that the cornerstone of Stephen Harper’s fall agenda will be yet another big budgetary omnibus bill. Well of course it will.

Prime ministers, they love an omnibus bill. Government tables a budget, they know every member of their party has to vote for the budget or they lose their jobs. And let's face it – a lot of these characters don't have that many options in this world. And seeing as they know that everyone is going to vote for it, instead of just putting budgetary things in the budget, you know 
 math, they fill it full of goodies no one’s even heard of before.

In the last budget, in the "jobs budget" there was a provision that allows the CIA and the FBI to come across the border and arrest Canadians on Canadian soil. And I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist with a tin foil hat just saying it out loud but it's true. It happened and there was no debate. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Even some of Harper's own MPs will admit privately that they had no idea what was in that last budget. Just that it was 400 pages. You know how you and I just click "accept" when entering into an iTunes contract? That's how MPs vote on the budget. And now we find out we’re getting another omnibus bill. Aren't we lucky? In North Korea they only get one every year.

And listen don't take my word for it. One of the most elegant pleas ever made against omnibus bills was made not that long ago in the House of Commons by a handsome young man by the name of Stephen Harper. He said it, omnibus bills are anti-democratic, they’re a slap in the face to MPs and voters.

See, this fascinates me. Because it's one thing if you don't know any better, but he clearly does, he just doesn't care. Who does that? I wouldn’t want to spend five minutes in that guy’s head for all the money in the world. Because he knows right from wrong here, he's on record, but he has decided it's okay to do wrong in order to advance the right. And democracy no longer enters into it.

Posted: 19/09/2012 7:02:21 AM | with 0 comments

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