I know the Cons keep trying to make the Senate/budget issue a “big news story” but I’m not buying it. The Senate has never rejected a budget since I started voting way back when I was 18 years old and they likely never will. It’s not their role.
Dion was unequivocal Wednesday: senators have no choice but to accept the bill no matter how little they like it. “It’s even the law,” Dion said of the Senate’s responsibility not to block budget bills.
So what was the news exactly? Harper threatened the Senate over holding up the budget and then Dion told the Senate not to hold it up… because of course they shouldn’t. ..and so they won’t. Big story eh?
Dion makes another excellent point on this issue today at CanWest that all Canadian provinces should be paying attention to,
Harper has been trying to fan non-existent flames in hopes it might stop their free-falling popularity in the polls. Its been a rough three months and the Cons just keep hoping Canadians are ignorant enough to be bamboozled by a new stream of “it’s all the Liberals fault” rhetoric, this time blaming Canada’s Senate.
Coincidentally, this big media story comes to the forefront at the same time their “Libs Don’t Want Senate Reform” radio and TV ads are running. Canadians are not stupid. We all know that the Cons have no right to reform our election systems/power hierarchies/government houses without a referendum vote by the people. This make their Senate attack purely fanciful and completely nonsensical. It’s all just another Con smoke show to distract attention from their regressive/failing agenda.
Over at DiaTribes today, Scott makes an excellent “pot calling the kettle black” argument noting the Con’s own recent Senate hold-ups on the opposition’s Kyoto Bill C-288. On a final note, no one is likely to forget the Con’s secret instruction book to tie up parliament so nothing ever get’s done for Canadians. The hypocrisy of Canada’s “New Government” is truly a wondrous thing.