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.
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.