'The Harper government has introduced this bill, in an election year, to create a political wedge issue of sorts, and unfortunately the opposition parties not only have recognized that but they are responding in kind rather than taking a principled stand on civil liberties,' says Paul Champ.
Opposition parties and the former Parliamentary budget officer are criticizing the governing Conservatives’ budget delay as a political move.
'For low-income families with children, the probability of making even $1 is very low with only one in 10 getting that much,' says CCPA report.
NDP MP Nathan Cullen says Conservatives will use time allocation and closure motions to ensure cheques are out the door on time. 'They are desperate to get out these cheques so they can buy a few votes,' Mr. Cullen says.
Government claims legislative victory while opposition bemoans passage of a raft of ‘sketchy’ legislation.
Safeguarding Seas Bill could be part of resource agenda push.
Conservative MP Michael Chong’s bill to empower MPs could be gutted at committee.
But Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the opposition parties’ claims are ‘misleading’ and the reforms are necessary.
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has said the bill needs to be implemented by the spring of 2014 in time for next election.