Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Dion's Tuesday

Good Decision. Don't pander to that emotionalism for one second. It's interesting that Gilles Duceppe takes a more liberal approach on this issue of citizenship, identity and belonging than does Jack Layton.

Not Great Decision. We are the party of the Charter. That means we don't believe it's up to parliamentarians to determine what rights are protected when. We mean to take that decision out of their hands. We don't put onus on our political leadership to talk Canadians into upholding rights. If there is ever a vote to whip, it's one like this.

Having said that, it's clear that this is purely strategic. By allowing a free vote we don't allow Harper to obscur the issue with that red herring ("muzzling MPs") come election time. I have difficutly arguing with that logic. It's just too bad that we have to play these games.


$125 million cut from indigenous language preservation programs is a big deal, and it should command at least one question period. Canada gets the importance of language - particularly founding languages upon which identity is largely based. So let Prentice/Oda have it - they deserve it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard about the cut to Aboriginal Languages, I called up Oda's office in Ottawa, long distance even.
I asked how an ordinary Canadian could access the information that Minister Oda was using to show that the Aboriginal Languages program was wasting money, not producing, or being repeated somewhere else.
They'll get back to me tomorrow.
While I was on the line with them anyway, I told them that I thought that cutting the Volunteer program was idiotic because a lot of volunteers volunteer knowing that other than personal expenses (gas, getting there, getting home) many expenses would be covered.
This archaic cut shows that this new government cares about volunteers only so far as the volunteers pay out of their own pocket to help others (which many, many do).
Oda will not support volunteers, nor will she support "conventions" of volunteers, a once-a-year recognition of outstanding volunteerism. That's rich, since Oda just got smacked down for funding a shindig to give her accolades from her supporters.
Just before Christmas, this new government and Oda are going to tell volunteers that if they want to volunteer, go ahead but expect no support (supplies, space, transportation) is crazy.
The volunteers will still volunteer, at least the ones that can afford to provide tea and coffee, a phone, an office to coordinate from.
This is truly the most mean-spirited, uncaring government that Canada has ever seen.
Anyway. Waiting for Oda. Will report back once I get the papers she is using to show that these programs are a waste of money.

7:00 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

I appreciate your doing this legwork. I'm interested in what sort of response you get.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous burlivespipe said...

Whipped indeed. Why aren't you bringing up Harpor's whipping of his caucus during the 'Quebecois are a nation in a united Canada' folly? Never mind Chong, the rest of the Tory blue had to make like Cheech and not 'bogart that joint', despite what their western constituents would say... The media (and Dion) should be all over that Harpo-crisy.

12:17 AM  
Blogger mezba said...

Certain votes need to be whipped and rights are one of them. We can excuse Dion this one - this is truth be told just a procedural vote :D

7:08 PM  
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