Trudeau Government: Omnibus Rules

An excellent tool to keep track of whether or not the Trudeau Government is fulfilling the promises made in its election platform is the non-partisan collaborative citizen initiative website called the “TrudeauMeter.”   We are reminded

Trudeaumeter On the use of Omnibus Bills: Parliament:

“Change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end practice of using inappropriate omnibus bills to reduce scrutiny of legislative measures.”

So far there has been absolutely no movement to keep this promise.

Instead, what we are seeing here is that the Trudeau Government has chosen to use an inappropriate omnibus motion to change the House of Commons Standing Orders, reducing what little power opposition parties in phony majority governments (eg Mr. Trudeau’s Government, which he likes so much he’s disavowed his clear electoral reform promise to replace our unfair winner-take-all voting system).

“We’re filibustering to protect the right to filibuster. Who would have thought it would be this government, under this prime minister” to try to use its majority to make changes to the Standing Orders without all-party backing, he said. “It’s not your House… we have rights, too.”

NDP MP David Christopherson quoted in Hill Times: Opposition MPs declare ‘war’ over feds’ efforts to ram through sweeping changes to House rules, ‘we’re filibustering to protect the right to filibuster’

Follow intrepid reporter @Kady O’Mally’s Twitter Stream:

Christopherson also suggests the committee consider "the Cullen model," a la #ERRE, where no one party has a majority.

You can read her whole twitter stream on this own article complete article behind the iPolitics paywall by logging in if you are a memnber or by signing up for a free trial if you are not.

Rather than making Parliament more transparent, this is yet another attempt to make it more efficient for a party with a phony majority to undemocratically impose its will on our nation.   Promising one thing and not doing it is bad enough, doing the opposite of what you’ve promised is unacceptable.  In a democracy, that is.

Although CPAC is not covering this, @Kady is LiveTweeting, so Canadians can follow along and watch this unfold…


[CORRECTION NOTE: In the original version of this article I incorrectly described the “Omnibus Motion” as an “Omnibus Bill,” which I have corrected in this version. ~ LLR]

#ERRE #Q Committee

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Canadians Deserve Better -Proportional Representation - on Canadian Flag backgroundThis is the thirteenth in the Whoa!Canada: Proportional Representation Series

Meet the ERRE Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
These Members of Parliament are currently engaged in conducting an Electoral Reform Consulatation with Canadians — both online and off — as mandated by the Federal Government.

COMMITTEE CHAIR
Francis Scarpaleggia ~ Liberal
M.P./député Lac-Saint-Louis Chair Liberal Caucus/président caucus libéral
@ScarpaleggiaLSL

MEMBERS

John Aldag ~ LiberalChanging how we vote
Member of Parliament for Cloverdale – Langley City
@jwaldag

Matt DeCourcey ~ Liberal
Member of Parliament for Fredericton / Député de Fredericton
@MattDeCourcey

Ruby Sahota ~ Liberal
MP – Brampton North
@MPRubySahota

Sherry Romanado ~ Liberal
Députée féderale pour Longueuil-Charles-Lemoyne / Member of Parliament for Longueuil-Charles-LeMoyne
@SherryRomanado

VICE CHAIR
Scott Reid ~ Conservative
MP for Lanark – Frontenac – Kingston
@ScottReidCPC

Gérard Deltell ~ Conservative
Député de Louis-Saint-Laurent à la Chambre des communes
Nathan Cullen's ERRE Committee Proposal
Blake Richards (Conservative)
MP for Banff — Airdrie
@BlakeRichardsMP
replaced Hon. Jason Kenney ~ Conservative

Member of Parliament for Calgary Midnapore
@jkenney

VICE CHAIR
Nathan Cullen ~ NDP critic for Democratic Reform and Environment & Climate Change
Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley
@nathancullen

Alexandre Boulerice ~ NDP
Député de Rosemont La Petite-Patrie
@alexboulerice

Elizabeth May is on the ERRE Committee for the Green Party

Elizabeth May ~ Leader of Green Party,
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
@ElizabethMay

Luc Thériault ~ Bloc Québécois
Député de Montcalm et leader parlementaire du Bloc Québécois
@LucTerjo1

ACTING MEMBERS (Temporary)

• William Amos for John Aldag (Liberal)
• Greg Fergus for John Aldag (Liberal)
• David J. McGuinty for Ruby Sahota (Liberal)

• Sylvie Boucher for Scott Reid (Conservative)
• Blake Richards for Hon. Jason Kenney (Conservative) see above
• Pat Kelly for Hon. Jason Kenney (Conservative)
• Tom Kmiec for Hon. Jason Kenney (Conservative)

• Alain Rayes (Conservative)

• David Christopherson for Nathan Cullen (NDP)
• Matthew Dubé for Nathan Cullen (NDP)

• Daniel Blaikie for Alexandre Boulerice (NDP)
• Sheri Benson for Alexandre Boulerice (NDP)

• Gabriel Ste-Marie for Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois)


The Committee will present its findings to the MINISTER of Democratic Institutions 
Maryam Monsef ~ Liberal
Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
@MaryamMonsef


ERRE Special Committee on Electoral Reform meetings in Ottawa that had been broadcast live by CPAC (on local cable station, Parlvu and still available to watch on CPAC).

If you use twitter, use the #ERRE #Q hashtag for anything you want the committee to consider.

The Committee will also be travelling throughout Canada to meet with Canadians during the consultation period.  All MPs are encouraged to hold Town Hall meetings with citizens in their respective ridings.  Everyone should contact their local MPs constituency office for details of these events.  Because the time line is so tight, it is important these be scheduled very soon.

If your MP is not making any move to hold a town hall, or if you are concerned that your MP may not support Proportional Representation, please call or write.  Whether or not you’re inside or outside Waterloo Region, you’ll find some good ideas about what you might say from the WRGreens’ Push for Proportional Representation Action page.

For more info check out PR 4 Canada Resources

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Proportional Representation Series So Far:

• Proportional Representation for Canada
• What’s so bad about First Past The Post
• Democracy Primer
• Working for Democracy
• The Popular Vote
• Why Don’t We Have PR Already?
• Stability
• Why No Referendum?
• Electoral System Roundup
• When Canadians Learn about PR with CGP Grey
• Entitlement
• Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote
• #ERRE #Q Committee
• #ERRE #Q Meetings & Transcripts
• Take The Poll ~ #ERRE #Q
Proportionality #ERRE #Q 
• The Poll’s The Thing 
• DIY Electoral Reform Info Sessions
• What WE Can Do for ERRE
• #ERRE today and Gone Tomorrow (…er, Friday) 
• Redistricting Roulette 
• #ERRE submission Deadline TONIGHT!

 and don’t forget to check out the PR4Canada Resources page!

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Image Credits:

The photo Nathan Cullen in Montreal ©by Jonathan Allard was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license, so my “Nathan Cullen’s Proposal” graphicgraphic is also shared with a free culture Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Parliament Buildings by Roger Duhamel is in the Public Domain
All other images by Laurel L. Russwurm are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License of the blog or dedicated to the Public Domain via CC0