Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's just another week in our changing nation

No entry for a New Brunswick Liberal parliamentarian, or local Liberal representatives, to the Prime Minister's parliamentary economic update held in New Brunswick. I mean, what did this opposition MP expect to happen, after all? That he would be allowed to attend a Prime Ministerial event? Our expectations are clearly set too high these days.

Another instance of this government's anti-democratic tendencies is making the rounds today as well, explained here. That one is about disrespect for the rule of law. The Conservatives are making a mockery of an upcoming inquiry on the treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan, an issue which speaks to our respect as a nation for the Geneva conventions:
The Justice Department has invoked national security and told the Military Police Complaints Commission that subpoenaed witnesses will be allowed to appear at the inquiry, but they will be instructed to say nothing when hearings begin next month.
Lawyers representing both the commission, as well as complainants Amnesty International and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, are aghast.

"I've never seen something like that in all of my life," said Kristjanson, who was counsel to the commission that investigated the Maher Arar deportation and torture case.

"It seems to me the government has never had any intention of co-operating."
You may also have heard Minister John Baird referring to Liberal MP Bonnie Crombie in the House of Commons today as "un-Canadian" for her participation in a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's donut photo-op last week. Crombie was making the legitimate point that Harper should have been at the UN instead rather than attending a photo-op that could have occurred at any time.

It's just another week in Stephen Harper's Canada...