Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gordon Campbell's Super-8 Home Movie


Despite the fact that it was officially open for business, the British Columbia Legislature was actually all about closure today.

To Eight Bills.

David Schreck (not Shrek!) has the story:

History was made in the BC Legislature on May 29th when the government forced an end to debate and called the vote on 8 bills, including the carbon tax and controversial changes to election legislation. The government's spin is that there was a legislative logjam caused by the Opposition taking too long to debate its bills. Anyone who is familiar with how the BC Legislature has worked for the past twenty or thirty years knows that the Campbell government is not telling the truth about closure.

And just which are the Super Eight?

Well, if I'm reading Hansard, from late this afternoon, correctly it's these ones:

Report and Third Reading of Bills

Bill 41, Patient Care Quality Review Board Act, reported complete without amendment, read a third time and passed. [DRAFT TRANSCRIPT ONLY]

Mr. Speaker: Hon. Members, pursuant to order of the House adopted May 6, 2008, all necessary questions for disposal of the various stages of Bills 20, 21, 24, 32, 37, 42, 43
together with any government amendments thereto, will now be put.

So there you have it.

Numbers 20, 21, 24, 32, 37, 41, 42 and 43.

Of course, our favourite (NOT!) is Bill 42, the Election gag law, both because of the spending limit crap-a-gammon, but also because it is designed to disenfranchise the poor, the homeless, the sick and the elderly.

All of which has us wondering why Mr. Campbell hates democracy so much.



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