Monday, April 05, 2010

More Harper parliamentary throttling to come?

With Vic Toews suddenly on a mission about Parole Board reform (they've apparently just taken to the issue reactively after 4 years, wakey wakey), who wants to bet that any parole board reform gets bundled up into a big omnibus bill bringing back all those criminal justice measures that have yet to be brought back after being wiped out by Harper's prorogation.

Think about it. A case like the James pardon, with public outrage, offers the opportunity for them to wrap up their reform proposals under the flag of an identifiable hockey tragedy, giving them cover for their irresponsible prorogation which wiped out 16 of the 19 Harper law and order bills (3 have been brought back thus far, two have been introduced in the House of Commons (C-4, C-5), one in the Senate (S-2)).

Just a wild prediction.

Update (4:20 p.m.): In case you missed it, HarperBizarro pointed out this morning that the Harper government reappointed and promoted the Parole Board official who made the James pardon decision, after the pardon had been issued. Factor that into all the Harper crew's outrage.

Update (5:35 p.m.): The above prediction would be premised on the assumption that they move quickly with parole reform. Judging by Toews remarks, that may not happen. You have to think that something's in the works, though, with all those lost criminal justice bills.