Roundup: Wanton constitutional vandalism

The NDP have decided to spend their opposition day motion on what is basically the endorsement of wanton constitutional vandalism, but in this particular case, trying to put forward the case for Senate abolition. Never mind that their arguments will ignore federalism, bicameralism, and the actual work that the Senate does or perspective it provides – no, it’ll be all specious catchy slogans and intellectually dishonest false comparisons masquerading as substantive debate. It’s like saying that you don’t know what  your pancreas does, so why not remove it? Meanwhile, Thomas Mulcair won’t say whether or not he’d appoint Senators if he were to form government in 2015 – never mind that whether he believes in the Senate or not, there is still a constitutionally mandated legislative process that needs to be followed. But you know, details.

This is kind of embarrassing – a federally funded literacy programme used inappropriate partisan phrases within the learning materials – not to mention factually incorrect partisan phrases (i.e. – the Conservatives did not win a majority of the votes, they won a plurality of the votes). Also, “a Harper government”? Since when is there a Harper Party in this country?

Two former senior bureaucrats have delivered a scathing critique of the government’s budget process, and the secrecy that they have built into it. And they’re entirely right, but it’s going to take backbenchers to take their duties seriously to make changes happen.

Oh dear – it seems that Dr. Arthur Porter, disgraced former Security and Intelligence Review Committee chairman, was a Conservative donor while he was the SIRC chair – in contravention to SIRC’s rules. Yeah, this appointment just keeps getting better and better for the Conservatives.

First Nations police funds have been renewed for another five years. How much do we want to bet that the NDP will claim victory for “pressuring the government” tomorrow during QP?

Here is your look at where the next round of Private Members’ Business is headed, including Mark Warawa’s motion on sex-selective abortions.

The Senate denied a media outlet’s request for a detailed examination of the travel claims of several Senators. Oh noes! But before you get too much in an uproar, remember that the Commons is even more opaque about these kinds of claims, and this is not really about the Senate (never mind that we have reached the point in the ongoing story where it’s just a pile-on now).

Emmett Macfarlane takes another crack at the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Whatcott case, and what it means for free speech in Canada.

John Ivison hears that the government plans to eliminate the EI training transfers to the provinces in the next budget, under the excuse that they’re under-performing.

Andrew Coyne eviscerates the overreaction to the Christy Clark ethic vote “scandal” in BC right now, and rightly points out that everyone does it, and Clark’s only sin is that it got caught.

Over in the Liberal leadership race, they’re not officially announcing the final supporter numbers until later in the week, but the Globe and Mail is reporting a total of around 300,000. As Susan Delacourt figures the math, the party had 100,000 at the end of 2012, plus Trudeau’s 150,000, which means the only other candidates must have signed up about 50,000 combined.

Here are the three things you need to see from last night’s political shows, including Shawn Atleo. And I may have been a bit cruel to Shelly Glover in the write-up.

And here is an interesting infographic on immigration and refugee levels in Canada over the past several years. And yes, there is a trend.