Is our Parliament without value?

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, a few days ago, made a point that bears repeating: “The Liberal government,” his column is headlined, “is making a mockery of Canada’s parliamentary democracy.” That’s right: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, making parliamentary democracy in Canada “seem stupid or without value.” And […]

Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

Remember that Rolling Stones hit from the 1960s: Hey, you, get off of my cloud? No? Do you mean anyone who actually remembers the ’60s wasn’t really there? Or is it that ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll sounds too much like the Team Trudeau campaign slogan? After all, legalizing pot was just about the […]

Reviving democracy

Lorrie Goldstein, a veteran Toronto Sun journalist and a constant critic of Justin Trudeau’s inept management of government, was, I hope, only trying to stir up a little controversy when he said, just the other day, on social media:   My hope is that he was trying, indirectly, to remind us that we, Canadians, and […]

And so they should

Olivia Stefanovich, reporting for CBC News, says that “Elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs are asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement between Ottawa, B.C. and hereditary chiefs, which they claim was drafted without their consent.” The two really important words are “elected” and “hereditary.” We Canadians are used to both. […]

The first plan

I see that Saskatchewan is the first province to announce its plan to reopen. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, “Saskatchewan has laid out a detailed, comprehensive plan to reopen its economy, the first province in the country to do so … [and] …The plan, laid out in five phases, will start […]

Absolutely!

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says “The House of Commons is scheduled to return Monday. Obviously, all 338 MPs must not convene. But the time has come for regular sittings of the House, either real or virtual. Despite the COVID-19 emergency – no, because of it – we need the return of […]

Parliament must work

John Ibbitson reported, in the Globe and Mail, that “The House of Commons unanimously approved wage-subsidy legislation, Saturday afternoon, while Conservatives and Liberals disputed when and how Parliament should meet again … [and] … A smattering of MPs — only 20 are required for quorum — met briefly to approve the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy … […]

Canada’s Easter Gift to France

Today, 9 April, (it’s still 9 April when I post this in Eastern Canada even though it is already 10 April in Europe) is the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge which was fought from 9 to 12 April, in 1917. Vimy Ridge dominates the Douai plain in North-Eastern France. The Germans had […]

Parliament worked for us

There’s a good article, by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in the Hill Times in which they quote Canadian parliamentary government expert, Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University who says that “despite the crisis, there still remains a place for Parliamentarians to scrutinize the government … [and] … the role of Parliament is laid out […]