Once again this year the government has introduced the budget bill as an omnibus bill of which only the first two parts relate to the budget and fiscal measures. The rest of the bill, which has over 420 pages, modifies about 60 different laws, repeals six and adds three others, including a complete rewriting of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act which is 150 pages by itself.
Grouped together under the shorter title Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, the proposed legislation will have profound and lasting effects on society and democracy in Canada. The government does more than present a budget. It imposes changes on society without giving elected MPs and the citizens the opportunity to examine in depth the impact of these changes and to discuss them. This shows a profound contempt for democracy, Parliament and the citizens. In a real democracy, there can’t be the consent of elected MPs and citizens unless they have all relevant information and an open and enlightened debate. The government’s attempt to push through Bill C-38 is equivalent to an attempted rape of Canadian democracy.
You represent more than 60% of the Canadians who gave you the mandate to defend their interests and the common good of our country. In the past, for electoral or partisan reasons, you, each in turn, helped the neoconservative government to undermine the foundation of Canadian democracy. The time has come for you to accept that the current government has changed the ground rules and you have to act accordingly.
As representatives of the progressive forces in Canadian society, you have the duty to work together and ask the government to split Bill C-38 so that each part can be debated and adopted individually. If the government refuses, you have the duty and the moral obligation to walk out of Parliament and refuse to sit as long as the government does not respect democracy and the institution that is the Canadian Parliament. Explain to the people, in few words and without partisanship, the reason for your action. Without the representatives of 60% of the population, the adoption of Bill C-38 is totally illegitimate. If you do not do so, you become complicit in the government’s action and, even if you vote against the bill, your presence in the House means that you will have become helpless witnesses and accomplices in the rape of Canadian democracy. If you betray the 60% of the population who gave you the mandate to act for them, who will they be able to trust in the future?
On behalf of democracy, act now!
Corneliu Kirjan- Free-thinking citizen
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