The former Chief Electoral Officer has big concerns about what Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on Etobicoke Centre means for future elections – especially when it come to people trying to vote at polls they’re not assigned to, and the future court challenges around those rules. Meanwhile, here are five of the outstanding issues that remain from the last election.
CBC delves in the Omnibus Budget Bill 2: The Revenge and finds 22 changes in the fine print to things like public sector and military pensions, changes to environmental legislation, eliminating boards, changes to the Indian Act, and so on. It’s definitely worthwhile reading. Oh, and those changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act? Are about navigation because of changes made to the bill through the back door four months ago when the government gutted the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in the first omnibus budget bill.
The government has released new e-passports, with microchips and images of Canadian geography and history.
What’s that? It’ll cost money to add seats to the House of Commons? Oh noes! We couldn’t possibly spend money on democracy! Speaking of, the net pay cut that MPs will be taking as a part of the pension changes has one senator worried that it could open them up to bribery – not that the current crop isn’t above reproach.
This week’s Friday evening announcement was the new Cybersecurity Action Plan™! Because you can’t have too many Action Plans™ in this government, apparently.
The government wants another independent review of how the first fighter jet replacement contract was handled.
It seems that back in 2005, one of our elite commandos attacked and choked one of his subordinates, but the incident never went to court martial because that would have identified the participants in the aforementioned Special Forces unit.
Jason Kenney said he doesn’t want federal funds to help preserve Gaelic, once the third most spoken language in Canada. Kenney’s reasoning is that it opens the floodgates to all of the other non-official languages in the country.
Economist Stephen Gordon looks at how effective even a low carbon tax would be for both the environment and the economy.
So, that “suspicious package” on the Hill yesterday? Was sent to MP Stephen Woodworth of the backdoor abortion motion. In case you were wondering.
Here is your recap of last night’s political shows.
And Susan Delacourt looks back at twenty years since the Charlottetown Accord negotiations.