The Minister of State for Democratic Reform is finally getting around to drafting a bill on reforming electoral laws to prevent things like fraudulent robocalls. While Elections Canada is coming with a report on said calls this week, with recommendations about how they would like to see the laws changed, Tim Uppal says that he won’t limit himself to those recommendations. So what kinds of changes is he considering? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Peter Kent has ordered that the soon-to-be-defunct National Round Table on Environment and the Economy to stop posting on their website, and to turn over all of their files in relation to said site over to his department. While he says this is about transferring those contents to Library and Archives, where they will remain accessible to the public, it is a bit odd that he is actively seeking to keep things like a farewell message from the Governor General from being posted on said site in its final days.
Jason Kenney is touting how much his government has cut the immigration backlog – in large part because they simply legislated it away rather than actually working through it – and says that Quebec investor-class immigrants who then carried on to Toronto or Vancouver are committing immigration fraud (never mind what it might say about the environment they find in Quebec upon arrival).
Seven Conservative MPs from Saskatchewan have asked to appear at the House committee examining the boundaries changes in that province, as they’re opposed to the break-up of “rurban” ridings and the creation of actual urban ones in the province for the first time – which is about time, as “rurban” ridings – part urban, part rural – are hugely distorting and can’t adequately represent such a diverse population. But there is a political calculation that the status quo favours the Conservatives, and they will want to try to protect that, the appearance (or fact) of gerrymandering be damned.
Laura Payton writes extensively about Mark Warawa and the issue of MPs feeling muzzled. (My take on it is here). John Ivison writes that twenty or so MPs got together on Monday night to air their grievances over this sort of thing – but I guess we’ll see how any of this shakes out tomorrow after caucus, and how many sour faces walk out from those closed doors.
The royal succession bill is nearly through the Senate, despite it not actually dealing with the Canadian monarchy and despite the fact that it merely assents to a UK piece of legislation – which has since been amended, so real question remains as to what we’re blindly assenting to. At least one Liberal Senator is hoping to at least move a couple of amendments, as she sees the value of the route that the UK and New Zealand have taken in their own standalone bills, but we’ll see if it comes to any good. Meanwhile, most every expert seems to have written off the Queen of Canada as a separate legal concept and corporation sole. So, yay colonial status?
Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu opens up about the relationship with his staffer, that he knew it was against the rules and yet kept it up for six months because his life was in flux at the time and he was trying to work it out.
Over in the Liberal leadership campaign, Joyce Murray insists that she’s got the momentum, while some MPs are critical that Martha Hall Findlay has posted a strong and lengthy denunciation of Joyce Murray’s “cooperation” proposal, because this could apparently be used against the future leader, or some such.
And here are the three things you need to see from last night’s political shows, including to Conservative MPs speaking out about the muzzling that goes on in parties.