Despite the various committees having refused to look at elements of the omnibus budget bill, and the NDP bringing it up in committee, it seems the government had a change of heart after QP, and moved that ten committees would study aspects of the bill. Watch the NDP claim victory for “forcing the government’s hand” tomorrow.
Jason Kenney’s latest immigration changes are to make it easier for foreign students to stay in Canada, which makes a certain amount of sense. It’s too bad we’re not a “top-of-mind” destination for foreign students to head to.
A private member’s bill that makes wearing a mask during a riot an extra offence has passed the House – never mind that it’s a somewhat redundant law, and is ripe for a Charter challenge with its reverse-onus and broad definition of “lawful excuse.” I can’t wait to see the Senate committee dig into it and the language.
The government looks set to crack down on public servants who come back as highly paid consultants once they retire.
Michael Sona, of the Guelph robo-calls fame and campus ballot box incident fame, was on television yesterday to plead his innocence. He made a pretty good case for himself, and the fact that he didn’t have access to the voter identification databases is pretty good reason for him not to be involved, but he did raise a few other questions, which just makes the plot thicken a little more.
In the Liberal leadership race, Denis Coderre has taken himself out of the running, which seems to be clearing the way for a likely run for the job of mayor of Montreal. The NDP are already sizing up the riding, as I’m sure is seat-less Bloc leader Daniel Paillé.
Senator St. Germain is retiring from the Upper Chamber, and led a pretty extraordinary political career.
Over in Quebec, it looks like Pauline Marois’ fledgling government may fall on the Throne Speech. Since it’s less than two months after an election and it would be the first confidence test, it’s likely the Lieutenant Governor would invite one of the opposition parties to form an alternate government, which could be a coalition. Among some of the more boneheaded suggestions in the throne speech are term limits for premiers (which would be pretty much unworkable in our system of government), and reducing the limit for political donations to $100 from $1000, which is pretty much an open invitation for cash donations in brown envelopes because politics needs money that has to come from somewhere, and throttling the supply means it will find other channels.
Here is your recap of last night’s political shows, and that Michael Sona interview.
And long-time Conservative pundit Keith Beardsley has a few withering observations about the current spectacle that is QP and Members’ Statements in the Commons, which should be read by all.