Meanwhile, over at the other bookend of Canada, Ed Hollett points out a “study in contrasts” between the McGuinty government that just shuffled its cabinet ahead of the Ontario legislature’s fall session and that of Newfoundland where the legislature has been postponed for one or possibly two months due to the local machinations and/or anti-Harper distractions of Danny Williams.
It’s hard to sympathize over much. Here in British Columbia, the supremely arrogant “Liberal” government of Gordon Campbell announced the other week that it was canceling the fall sitting of the provincial legislature and won’t recall it until February of next year.
According to Liberal house leader Mike de Jong, there’s simply no need for an additional session. “This year, the government doesn’t wish to advance any legislation,” he said. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! As incredible as it may seem to folks in other provinces, this is actually the second time the Campbell government has canceled a legislative sitting since it was elected nearly four years earlier. Can you imagine what would happen if McGuinty did that?
Even more laughably, Campbell said that cabinet ministers are going to spend the time speaking directly with British Columbians on “how we can share the prosperity” across B.C. Translation: several months of taxpayer-funded electioneering across the province, doling out goodies to various ridings (i.e., vote-buying) in advance of next spring’s election.
Take it as a cautionary lesson perhaps. This is the high-handed, autocratic manner in which Conservatives (don’t let the name fool you, the Campbell government is not liberal) govern when they have a majority.