Thursday, March 25, 2010

MP Bennett - 'Harper Treats Parliament Like A Big Suggestion Box'

In a media scrum yesterday MP Carolyn Bennett aptly described how Conservatives view our parliamentary democracy, that Parliament is nothing more than one big suggestion box. Her comments also touch on an important point the media and commentators ignored, that though the Liberals lost a motion for an international initiative to include family planning, if it had passed, this Conservative government would have ignored it as it has done with so many other parliamentary votes.

On March 24th, venting frustration over her own party's defeated motion on international maternal health, Carolyn Bennett suggested that even with the motions successful passage it would have been likely ignored. The MP referring to Parliament said that for "the real issues, the government treats this place like a big suggestion box you hang Christmas lights on."

Carolyn Bennett went on in an almost sombre tone, eulogizing the previously strong institution that was the Canadian Parliament:

"I mean we can vote Kyoto, Kids, Kelowna, Soldiers, it doesn't matter. This Prime Minister refuses to answer to Parliament. It puts this whole process in a very uncomfortable [place] for Parliamentarians, to live like this, where no one cares about what Parliament says."

5 comments:

ridenrain said...

Did she tell those damned moms to get real jobs again?

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Oh goodey fake sensationalism... and did Harper eat a few babies?

Rotterdam said...

I think Dr. Bennett should direct her frustration at the ineptness of her own leader.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Rotterdam, I'm pretty sure she did. In the scrum, though she said she couldn't talk about what was said in caucus, she did say "It wasn't our finest hour" and other statements of fault directed to Liberals.

ridenrain said...

That's funny if you consider it's comming from the same people that dragged us through weeks of communion wafer debates. Do the housekeepers who I-Ruby hires have real jobs too?