If you had any doubts about Justin Trudeau and his Liberals and their “Sunny Ways” this should seal the deal. They have put out a white paper proposing changing House procedure. As Campbell Clark from the The Globe reports, the public needs to pay attention to this one. It would change the way laws are made, the way government is held to account etc. Friday sittings would be done away with. The PM would only be required to attend Question Period once a week.
The nitty-gritty details of the workings of Parliament are eye-glazingly dull, so most people quite rightly ignore them most of the time. But this is one occasion when Canadians should keep watch. The Liberal government has signalled they want to change the rules, extensively, quickly, and possibly without the consent of the other political parties in the House of Commons.
This is no small thing: It’s the way laws are made, governments scrutinized, and how much time and capacity will be given over to dissent, or to highlighting mistakes governments make. It is the rush, and the suggestion the Liberals will act unilaterally, that has the opposition’s backs up.
This comes from a Prime Minister and government who don’t like being held to account. That’s why he’s hardly in the House the way it is right now, always scooting off somewhere for photo-ops and selfies etc. What you’re seeing here is basically creating somewhat of a dictatorship. Where it’s Trudeau’s way or the highway. The rules and procedures have been there since the beginning. It’s worked thus far. Why mess with it? Then again Trudeau did say he admired China’s dictatorship. He admired Fidel Castro so that says a lot about him.
We the people can do something about it. Michelle Remple CPC MP has sponsored an petition that has been getting many signatures. It had garnered 14,ooo in just two days. If you haven’t already you can go and sign it. Tell your everyone you know. The petition will be open until July 21, 2017.