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Let me start off with some background. The current government of Canada is The Conservative Party of Canada, led by Stephen Harper. He has been in power since 2006, and should nothing intervene should be in power until 2015.
Now the issue is to do with omnibus budget bills. These are large bills that should contain large amounts of legislation related to the parliament’s budget and nothing else. These bills can be hundreds of pages long and so it can be hard to read, understand and debate them in a timely matter. It also has to be voted on and agreed to the whole bill, it can’t be broken up until small pieces easily. Its either yes to all or no to all.
Last year once the conservatives gained a majority government, they implemented a massive budget bill that contained budgetary matters but that also covered many other items, including provisions that reduced Canada’s environmental protections and allowed US intelligence officials to cross over the border and arrest Canadian citizens (I am not making this up).
Now, they’re onto to round 2. They have a new omnibus budget bill, which is 457 pages long.
Inside this bill includes gems like these:
“Navigation Protection Act: The former Navigable Waters Protection Act changes more than just its name, as major pipeline and interprovincial power line projects become exempt from earlier requirements that would have forced proponents to prove they wouldn’t damage or destroy navigable waterways in Canada. A schedule attached to the omnibus bill provides a list of federally-protected waters. Lakes or rivers not on this list are no longer protected by this Act.”
“Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission: The arms-length agency responsible for scientific regulations around what substances are deemed hazardous will be eliminated and its authority transferred to the health minister. The commission also convenes independent, tripartite boards to evaluate the scientific evidence presented in appeals of these regulatory decisions.”
THIS IS NOT OK.
This is coming from a government that is extremely secretive and is very anti-science and anti-environment.
Read all the details HERE.
I haven’t even gone until the fact that Harper has basically signed a deal that takes effect next week, which grants China the power to sue canada if we decide not to complete projects (such an oil pipeline) and protects chinese small business (but has no effect on canadian businesses the other way).
Or the fact that Del Dean Mastro a member of Harper’s cabinet, yesterday said he’d like to legislate the internet to reveal the identity of anonymous posters.
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