According to a column by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, Parliament's Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said, in his report last week, that "“Nine witnesses informed our Office that they had information they believed to be relevant, but that could not be disclosed because, according to them, this information would reveal a confidence” ... … Continue reading One step too far
I am returning to the subject of the Senate, after only a few days, because of a column that John Ibitson wrote for the Globe and Mail about two weeks ago. He said, and I agree, that, "For most of Canada’s history, the Senate has been an embarrassment, viewed by the public as an unelected … Continue reading More on the Senate
Following on from my recent comments about Bill-C-48, I note that Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, reminds us that "The business of passing, amending or defeating legislation, in a democracy, is properly the work of the people’s elected representatives, and no one else. Senators may have the power to do so, on paper, … Continue reading The Senate, again …
There is, from about two weeks ago, a very interesting article, in the Globe and Mail, by Professor Richard Albert who is the William Stamps Farish Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, a former law clerk for chief justice Beverley McLachlin, and the author of Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions. Professor … Continue reading The Constitution
A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted
So, there's an actually pretty predictable story on Global News which says that "Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has criticized the redactions in the National Security and Intelligence Committee’s report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ill-fated trip to India ... [and] ... On Monday, Scheer tweeted an image that showed a section of the report with redactions up and down the page ... … Continue reading More than we are being told.
Back in 2015 the Conservative Party made two campaign blunders: In the wake of the tragic death of a small Syrian boy on a Turkish beach they failed to respond with the generosity of spirit that almost all Canadians wanted; and They decided to attack "barbaric cultural practices" which many, many Canadians, me included, interpreted … Continue reading Money and the ethnic vote, redux