Depth of Liberals' Wretchedness
When the former Harper government started writing mega laws or
budgets which were hundreds of pages and contained all kinds of hidden
agenda, the Liberals cried blue murder. Now they find
expedient to do the same.
The CBC report states:
"[...] in 2015, the
Harper government included a provision in a budget bill that
retroactively rewrote Canada's access to information law to protect the
RCMP from being charged by the Information Commissioner for destroying
gun registry documents before legislation to scrap the gun registry was
adopted by Parliament.
"The Liberal Party's 2015
platform sharply criticized the practice, saying Harper's government
had 'used omnibus bills to prevent Parliament from properly reviewing
and debating' proposals.
"'We will change the House
of Commons standing orders to bring an end to this undemocratic
practice,' Trudeau's Liberals vowed."
document includes, besides other things, "changes to Canada's elections
act, new rules for judges' pension, retroactive authorization for First
Nations to postpone elections during the pandemic, new powers for the
immigration minister to issue instructions on express entry for
permanent resident applicants."
proposes to introduce amendments to the Canada Elections Act
to specify that making or publishing a false statement in relation to a
candidate, prospective candidate, or party leader would be an offense
only if the person or entity knows that the statement is
false," reports indicate. It refers to a squabble between the
cartel parties over whether to include the idea that the person making
the false statement must know it to be false in order for the act to be
an offense. None of it contributes to raising the level of political
discourse in the country but, on the contrary, is a way to settle
scores with rivals or "quietly" clean up the corrupt practices which
exist within the liberal democratic institutions.
are quick to assure us that the practice started by the prior Harper
government of including non-budgetary items in a budget is now a new
normal without telling us what this even means for the polity. What
they consider to be normal is to remain undefined but its anti-social
content is evident. Both the budget, comments from the opposition
cartel parties and media reporting, along with endorsements from big
business all qualify as an attempt to stop any such discussion about
anything rational, especially about what can be done differently. All
of it is an exercise in making sure the stranglehold on power of the
rich remains intact.
There is nothing "normal" about
that equates the prosperity of the rich with that of the society which
is being ground under because of the negation of the human
factor/social consciousness. Their motive for the economy
be allowed to continue if the human and natural resources of the
country are to be dedicated to the well-being of its people.
This article was published in
April 22, 2021 - No.