Trudeau’s ‘Real Change’ has become ‘Political Thuggery’
It’s rare that the Conservatives and NDP co-operate, and especially rare that they do so for an extended period of time. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the House of Commons as the opposition unites to stop Justin Trudeau’s attempt to damage Canada’s democracy.
As reported by the Hill Times, the Liberals are trying to impose wide-ranging changes to the “Standing Orders,” which impact nearly every part of how MP’s function in our system. These changes will weaken the power and rights of MP’s and opposition parties, putting way more power in Trudeau’s hands.
(The full list of changes are included at the end of this post)
The changes are being forced through without the consent of the other parties, something the Conservatives and NDP are calling “political thuggery.”
To stop it, the Conservatives and NDP are filibustering in committees (speaking for a long time to slow things down), which buys time and slows the Liberals relentless anti-democratic agenda.
Said NDP MP David Christopherson to the Hill Times, “If our rights are lost, it’s not just the official opposition or the third party, it’s all of us. … We’re working very closely.”
Added Christopherson, “It’s so important that you’ve got the NDP and the Conservatives arm in arm, singing Kumbaya, and nothing right now is going to phase us from continuing this fight.”
The opposition is working to get the issue to the attention of the public, so the Liberals are exposed to Canadian public opinion.
Said Conservative MP Scott Reid, “We can’t win this if the government is able—after people had a chance to look at it—to show that the population supports it. But if it turns out that the public doesn’t support it, then the government has to back down. There’s lots of examples of this, most recently being the electoral reform issue.”
It is important to see parties moving beyond partisanship to defend the rights that all MP’s are supposed to have. Clearly, anger toward Trudeau’s anti-democratic agenda crosses party-lines.
That’s why it’s up to all of us to spread the message that Trudeau is deliberately trying to damage our cherished democracy. We need to stand with MP’s of all parties who are fighting Trudeau’s dangerous agenda.
Remember how often the Liberals accused Harper of being anti-democratic? Harper never tried anything close to what the Trudeau Liberals are doing. Unfortunately, the pathetic establishment media has provided only limited coverage of the efforts by the Conservatives and NDP to filibuster and stop the changes. It should be a huge story – a revolt by a unified opposition against Trudeau trying to damage our democracy – but the media has shown little interest.
So once again, it’s up to us in the grassroots to get the message out. Justin Trudeau’s anti-democratic moves threaten not only the rights of our elected Members of Parliament, but all Canadians.
We must all stand against him.
LIST: The Trudeau Liberals anti-democratic changes
Proposed changes to the Standing Orders in Government House Leader Bardish Chagger’s discussion Paper:
- Either get rid of Friday sittings and appropriate that House time to other days, or to make them full sitting days with extended Private Members’ Bill time in the afternoon so some MPs can still travel home.
- Implement electronic voting in the House of Commons when it moves to West Block in 2018.
- Schedule the House to resume sitting earlier in January, going later in June and back from the summer earlier in September.
- Implement other ways than unanimous consent or closure to let the House to agree to sit beyond the dates of adjournment and to sit longer on any given day.
- Study different ways to schedule debate on moveable motions and opposition day motions.
- Adding another rubric for private members’ business every week, look at letting members switch places on the list for consideration, and possibly creating a second, separate list for Senate public bills.
- On prorogation, make it so the government has to table a document explaining why they did so, or reinstate the prorogation ceremony.
- Consider creating and applying a programming schedule for government bills, motions, and Senate amendments. It could include a time range for all stages of considering a bill.
- Allotting one day of the week for a prime minister’s Question Period.
- Extend the deadline for response to written question to 65 days from 45 days.
- Give the Speaker powers to divide omnibus bills for the purpose of splitting votes and committee study.
- Make one independent committee member an ex-officio member of with all privileges except for the ability to vote, or to constitute quorum to allow independent MPs to participate in in-camera proceedings, question witnesses, and travel.
- Give parliamentary secretaries back some of their power by giving them the same powers as independent committee members.
- Remove the ability for filibusters at committee by limiting speaking time to 10-minute interventions.
List from the Hill Times