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.