Saturday, June 04, 2011

Life in the Senate

One of our favourite Senators, Senator Elaine McCoy, is back in the blogosphere after a bit of an absence from her blog, Hullabaloos. Back with some wit on display yesterday as she liveblogged the Throne Speech. Some excerpts and fun insights:
Well here I am, sitting in my seat the requisite 30 minutes ahead of the ceremonial start-up.
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Well, the chat is useful ... I learn that the Cons want 10 committee chairs out of 15 and the Libs have acquiesced.
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The Budget will be introduced on Monday ... bragging about the stimulus package. Promises new tax credits and low tax rates.

So far, there's no talk of cutting the deficit .... hmmmm ....

3:19pm: Ach ... I see William Elliott is here (RCMP Commissioner) ... didn't he resign already? Good grief ...

More bumph on business ... sigh, this is not new, is already happening and sadly shows a piecemeal approach. Industrial strategy? National energy consensus? No way ... not even close!

Again, a National Securities Commission is promised despite the current law suits against it by many provinces. Sheesh ....

One or 2 short sentences now about cutting the deficit ... no details, of course but (we've heard it before) no cuts in transfer payments. As so many have been saying, how on earth ...?

3:25pm: I've had my head down and missed the page who proudly lifted her sign "STOP HARPER" ... don't you just love independent youthful commitment? She was swiftly escorted out ... sigh ....

Why the Throne Speech is still droning on, I don't know. Whatever legislation he didn't get through before, he's going to push it through now. Including citizen's arrests ... how lovely, a nation of snitches and snatchers ... and abolition of the long gun registry etc., etc.

25 minutes and still going ... ah, at last, some concluding type comments? But sadly not ... now we're into more repeats ... Senate reform, First Nation reform, eliminate public elections financing, MP review of Court appoiontments ... sounds more and more like the USA, doesn't it? Scary ...

3:40pm: Whew, we're done (if not done for)!
The Senator, in contrast to some reaction, seemed quite ok with the protest that occurred. She later posted Brigitte DePape's press release.

Life in the Senate could be interesting during this Parliament, in light of the reform wranglings the Harper government is bandying about, although to what constructive end remains to be seen. Nice to have this Senator's perspective back in the online community.