The Observant Astronomer

The passing scene as observed by an observant Jew, who daylights as an astronomer.

Friday, May 13, 2005


As a further indication of the Liberal Government's lack of control of the House, and endless depths of fraudulent duplicity, consider the only business to have been transacted in the last three days. In the face of impending non-confidence motions, three bills have been unanimously hustled through all remaining stages in the House and booted on to the Senate. In the case of the first: No debate. No committee hearings. No amendments. In the words of the motion
deemed read a second time and referred to a Committee of the Whole, deemed considered in Committee of the Whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed.

Bill C-45, An Act to provide services, assistance and compensation to or in respect of Canadian Forces members and veterans and to make amendments to certain Acts. This bill revises veteran's benefits.

These next two were sitting at report stage and were amended:

Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the DNA Identification Act and the National Defence Act The rush here is to get the bill in place before an infamous sex offender is released from prison, so as to have her DNA on record.

Bill C-40, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act Required to implement a WTO ruling against Canada in order to prevent US retaliation.

Having passed the House in a rush, how are the Liberal Senators dealing with these?
C-45 was sent to committee.

The other two will be first dealt with next Tuesday, if the Senate keeps to its usual practices, and the 38th Parliament hasn't been dissolved.

Three more promises the Liberals have no intention of fulfilling.

UPDATE: Yesterdays Senate proceedings have been posted. Bill C-45 was reported back out of committee unamended, passed at third reading and given Royal Assent. The other two bills are on the order paper for Monday, when, unusually, the Senate will sit, assuming we don't have a dissolution before then.

UPDATE 2: The premise of this posting seems to be incorrect. The Senate is dealing with these cases with extra speed. Both C-13 and C-40 were given second reading on Monday 16 May and sent to committee. Judging by the way C-45 was dealt with, I expect both bills to be reported back quickly for third reading and royal assent before Thursday's endgame.

UPDATE 3: Completely incorrect. Indeed they were.


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