Democracy Inaction

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.

9 Replies to “Democracy Inaction”

  1. They have been doing that in Alberta for years.

    I think they only sit twice, and for only a few weeks at a time. All the gov legislation gets pushed through and then they close down.

    It is all about “downsizing” goverment, don’t you know.

  2. Gayle — Well, in Alberta… really, what’s the point? I’m not sure what the make-up of the legislature there is these days (too lazy to go Google it) but in days past you could count the “opposition” on one hand.

  3. Re “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.”

    Most folks know that the BC Libs are the Socreds re-tread, have been since day one. BTW, are Gord and Judy still an item?

  4. You would think most people would be aware of that, wouldn’t you, but it’s quite amazing how the confusion persists in the minds of many. Perhaps it’s the fact that they’ve assimilated the “brand” and nothing else.

  5. Seb: “… are Gord and Judy still an item?”

    SG: ‘Sum say’ …. They’re living on a fishin’ boat somewhere …

    Snerd

  6. Snerd, thanks re “They’re living on a fishin’ boat somewhere …”

    Then you sound like the kind of individual who may have his ears close enough to the rails to know if Taylor is ever going to actually make a move against Gordo.

  7. Good grief. No wonder B.C. hates the Liberals. Now I understand why the Liberals can’t get any/many votes in B.C. It’s disheartening.

  8. They’re Howard Liberals.

    In spite of recent events, I would defy anyone to tell me that Federal politics hasn’t cleaned itself up much more than it’s provincial counterparts.

    And I think it’s because people pay more attention to it.

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