The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

December 30, 2010

Happy new year 2011 CANADA

  
 
AND UNLESS YOU ALL SERIOULSY COMPLAIN A LOT MORE SADLY DO ALSO   EXPECT MORE OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO GO UP IN SMOKE AND TO BE WASTED TOO.
  
While too many politicians play a dirty game, a smear campaign still in all parties it seems, this does not distract me from the reality that I still do measure the real, actual good now that they all now do on behalf of all Canadians, quite little these days it seems, so it is still thus not surprising to me we continue to have mainly minority governments as a direct result.
  
But I  do admit I do dislike any person who so readily can see the other persons sins, can list the other persons supposed wrongs, but cannot face, admit, list their own wrongs.. and I especially do rightfully think all politicians do also  need to show a much better example here too..
  
OTTAWA – If showing up at the office only half the time sounds like a dream job, you might want to consider running for Parliament. Canada’s MPs are spending less time at work in the House of Commons — only 119 days this year — and passing ever fewer bills. While that may sound dreamy to most Canadians who spend about twice as much time on the job each year, it’s a trend that at least one parliamentary procedure expert finds worrying. “In terms of the last 40 years, our Parliament is sitting a lot less and doing a lot less,” says Queens University political scientist Ned Franks. The upshot is that the government evades scrutiny and Canadians are left in the dark about what their federal politicians are up to. “I think there’s a problem there,” Franks said
 
In terms of productivity, Parliament has reached a new low. According to Franks, only 45 per cent of the bills introduced by the Harper government thus far have actually made it through the entire legislative process to royal assent. And that can’t all be blamed on the tribulations of running a minority government. Franks’ records show the minority government of Lester Pearson during the 1960s managed to see 86 per cent of its bills through to royal assent. The Trudeau government (both minority and majority) managed 72 per cent, Mulroney’s majority government hit 83 per cent and Chretien’s majority batted 69 per cent. Since the Second World War, the number of bills receiving royal assent each year has declined steadily from an average of 67 a year during the King-St. Laurent era to 27 under Harper. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/worrisome-trend-found-parliament-sitting-less-doing-less-20101228-142215-567.html 
                       

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