Richards Report – July 13, 2017 – Respect for Parliament and Canadians; Another Forgotten Liberal Promise

Respect for Parliament and Canadians; Another Forgotten Liberal Promise

Remember, during the 2015 election, when Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to run a government that was open, transparent, and accountable? A government that would respect Parliament and Canadians? Well, it seems that at least one person has forgotten that promise – Justin Trudeau.

Since taking office almost two years ago, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has acted in a way that is completely undemocratic, unaccountable, and severely lacking in transparency.

Take, for instance, when they decided to release their Discussion Paper on Environmental and Regulatory Reviews on the Friday before the Canada Day long weekend. This paper proposes major changes that will markedly increase the length of the approvals process for pipelines and other natural resource projects, yet the Liberals announced it on a day when Canadians were busy making arrangements to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday.

Or when, the day before they dumped that discussion paper, the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs issued a statement to announce that the government was extending our military mission in Iraq for two years. Decisions of this gravity should unquestionably be debated by our elected officials in the House of Commons. What possible reason is there that this couldn’t have been announced a few weeks earlier so that it could have been discussed in Parliament?

Around the same time, the government decided to pick a fight with credit unions by ordering them to stop using the term “banking” to describe their services. This will bar local credit unions from using such commonly known terms as “online banking” or “banking fees”. Credit unions all across the country are going to have to spend a lot of money in rebranding and changing client services agreements due to this decision.

Lastly, let us not forget the recent announcement of an apology and multi-million payout to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr that conveniently took place while the Prime Minister was out of the country and away from the scrutiny of the Canadian public.

All of these are major issues and ones that could have been – and should have been – debated in the House of Commons. But the Liberals deliberately chose to wait until the summer break to bring them forward. Talk about an utter lack of respect for Parliament, Canadians, and our democracy.

Sunny ways indeed.