Supreme Court said the feds must keep a safe injection site in Vancouver open, but opposition parties say the Tories are now trying to prevent any other safe injection sites from opening anywhere.
The request for a Supreme Court opinion on the government’s reform or abolition possibilities would not be binding, but without the court’s support it would be politically impossible for PM Stephen Harper to renew legislative efforts to introduce consultative elections to select candidates for appointment to the Senate and to limit Senate terms without majority provincial approval.
But Government House Leader Peter Van Loan says the Conservatives are allowing for more debate, not less.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary democracy is ‘sick,’ ‘tattered’ and needs help, say opposition MPs.
Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre has no comment on Elections Canada’s new high-powered advisory board to clean up elections.
The House Affairs Committee met last Sunday on the Hill to reaffirm its commitment to modernize or scrap secretive Commons management board.
House passes Omnibus Budget Bill, Yale Fist Nation Final Agreement, Matrimonial Real Property Rights Bill, and Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Lands Bill in one week.
The government would need unanimous consent to adjourn the House early and the NDP says it won’t give its consent.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he skeptical of inquiries ‘run way over time, way over budget, recommendations prove to be of limited utility.’
Opposition MPs say the government bill doesn’t take into account the resources necessary to support Bill S-2’s implementation.
Under An Act to Amend Indian Act (Publication of Bylaws), bylaws, wills, and estates will no longer need approval from the Aboriginal Affairs minister, but the Canadian Bar Association says Sec. 7 of the bill will likely result in ‘many harsh, unintended consequences’ for First Nations peoples.
But Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she expects the government will table a second budget implementation bill in the fall.
The federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC and three other cultural or scientific Crown corporations.
Federal Court Justice Sean Harrington strongly upheld right of PBO to take the government to court if it refuses to release requested information.
The government retreated from tabling legislation to stop dirty robocalls in elections, but says it will take the time necessary to get it right.
‘It’s fair to say that neither side is totally happy with the bill,’ says Conservative MP Larry Miller.
The government will be focused on passing the budget and on its $282.6-billion spending plans for the fiscal year.
Interim PBO, Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux, says she will wait for Federal Court decision, ‘before deciding whether any further action is required.’
But Grit MP Carolyn Bennett says she thinks Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is making an effort to reset First Nations-Crown relationship.
NWAC says 600 aboriginal girls and women have been murdered or have gone missing since the 1960s.