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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007

C-288 - A Test for the Senate

Well, now that Bill C-288 has passed in the House, I guess we'll see if the Senate really is a place of "Sober Second Thought"... or one of crass partisan politics, as we claim it is.

Think about it... the Liberals have backed themselves into a corner on this one. For months, the Senate has partisanly blocked or stalled various pieces of Conservative legislation... Bill C-2 (The FAA, now passed), Bill S-4 (Senate Terms), etc. Sending things back to the House for re-consideration (Bill C-2), refusing to debate Bills (Bill S-4), the crass partisanship has been obvious.

But now, Bill C-288 is going to come before them. Are they going to take just as much time to soberly consider it, or are they going to expidite it's passage?

If they ram it through, as I assume they will, the partisan nature of the Upper House is exposed in a clear and undeniable manner... and Mr. Harper builds his case for its reform. Thus, they may want to think twice about rubber stamping Bill C-288.

In my opinion, upon "sober second thought", they should send it back to the House, indicating that they agree with the Government... as the Bill is directly tied to Government spending, they should return it to the House for reconsideration.

Of course, we know the truth... that the Senate is known as "The Red Chamber" for more than one reason. It is largely (though not exclusively) a place of patronage and crass hypocritical partisanship, and will simply rubber stamp Bill C-288, while still holding up various Government Bills that the Liberals are opposed to... making Mr. Harper's case for Senate reform that much stronger.

Go ahead, Honourable Senators, make my day... PROVE ME WRONG.

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  • At Thu. Feb. 15, 10:19:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    Sober second thought or crass partisan politics? That's a no-brainer. Anyone who thinks the Liberal senators will not try to expidite its passage is living in a dream world.

  • At Thu. Feb. 15, 01:23:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why wouldn't you want it to pass? It will bring about the end of the world and hasten the return of our Lord. Don't you truly believe?

  • At Thu. Feb. 15, 06:13:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous jgriffin said…

    If the Senate is going to pass the bill they know they will have to get it done as quickly as possible. Many of the signs point to the writ being dropped in April. The questions is; does the Senate potentially want a Liberal government to be stuck with this legislation? While it certainly looks like the Conservatives are cruising to another minority government nothing is certain in politics.

  • At Thu. Feb. 15, 06:57:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    does the Senate potentially want a Liberal government to be stuck with this legislation?

    That is a good question, and it's a factor that should be taken into account. My earlier take on this conundrum is only if the Liberal senators think that Dion's got no chance in the next election.


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