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What unfolded during the attack in Ottawa - The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
heroes  Ottawa  terrorism  Parliament  House_of_Commons  home_grown  self-radicalization 
november 2014 by jerryking
Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers thrust into role of modern-day hero - The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA — Globe and Mail Update (Includes Correction)
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
House_of_Commons  heroes  Parliament 
november 2014 by jerryking
The scene inside: Attack in the Hall of Honour - The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014
Josh_Wingrove  Parliament  terrorism 
november 2014 by jerryking
Parliament, bastion of our democracy, deserves greater respect - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 25 2014

Parliament is supposed to be the most important place in the structure of Canadian governance. We don’t elect a government; we elect members to the House of Commons, and out of them a government is formed. Government may propose legislation, but Parliament has to pass it. The government can’t spend money unless Parliament votes it. And though a majority government has enormous power, it still has to work through Parliament, including by regularly standing in front of the opposition and facing their questions, during Question Period. There aren’t many ways to hold a majority government to account. This is one of them.... The government more and more treats Parliament like a bothersome impediment, to be bypassed or minimized whenever it is expedient. For example, the government appears to have avoided proper legislative scrutiny for a host of crime bills by treating them as private member’s bills, which receive much less study and oversight.
editorials  Parliament  House_of_Commons  parliamentary_democracy  loyal_opposition  Paul_Calandra  political_expediency  respect  GoC 
october 2014 by jerryking
John Turner: a great defender of Parliament - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 06 2012,

But June 18 will be more than just an occasion to reminisce, as Mr. Turner is expected to expand on his brief remarks at a recent Public Policy Forum dinner where he was scathing about the state of Canada's Parliament.

He lamented the centralization of power in the Prime Minister's Office, and the erosion of the importance and independence of standing committees "that used to be a real element of democracy in the House of Commons." He condemned the Conservative's omnibus budget bill, reminding the audience that "the budget used to be related to taxation," and arguing the government's strategy is to hamper debate. He also cited the inheritance of Magna Carta, the charter of liberties, that a ruler's will is not arbitrary, and that the privileges of parliamentarians need to be protected.

"What we have in this country didn't happen by accident, democracy doesn't happen by accident," said Mr. Turner. "Let's fight for the restoration of the supremacy of Parliament in our democratic life."

It was more than partisanship, it was a heart-felt defence of Canada's parliamentary democracy by a great Canadian parliamentarian. June 18 promises to be interesting.
anniversaries  centralization  democracy  editorials  House_of_Commons  John_Turner  Magna_Carta  Parliament  parliamentary_democracy  partisanship  PMO  arbitrariness 
june 2012 by jerryking

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