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Welcome to Canada’s accountable (except when it embarrasses us) government.

This is democratic reform week, according to the Conservatives. And what has happenned during democratic reform week, or accountability week, as I’ve also heard it called?

We’ve had 2 ministers busted with not reporting their travel expenses, we have them arresting a civil servant for whistle-blowing on their Green Plan II sham, we have one of the Defence Minister’s organizers in his riding now accusing his constituency office of corruption, and now we have them trying to stall and filibuster an Opposition motion to have an investigation into the Afghanistan detainees debacle:

Conservative members of the House of Commons ethics committee spent five hours Thursday trying to block an investigation related to the Afghan detainee controversy. Opposition parties proposed to conduct a probe into whether Foreign Affairs deliberately tried to withhold a scathing human-rights report that says torture and abuse in Afghan prisons is commonplace.

The Conservatives finally did relent however, but not because of the Opposition:

A filibuster on the matter led by Ontario Tory Mike Wallace came to an end shortly after reporters arrived at a committee meeting… It was amusing to see government members “roll over” within moments of the news media arriving, said other opposition members.

It wouldn’t look too good if the media showed everyone the Tories were blocking an investigation to make them accountable, now would it?

Quite a week for the Conservatives. I know once the ball gets rolling down the hill, its hard to stop, but this was almost comical to watch.

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7 comments to Welcome to Canada’s accountable (except when it embarrasses us) government.

  • “Civil servant arrest: uh, this is a no brainer. The guy was trying to sabotage government activity. You wouldn’t be singing the same tune if it was a partisan Tory bureaucrat trying to screw a Liberal government, would you?”

    You mean like Allan Cuttler, right? Tell me again what the difference is between this guy and Cuttler? Oh right, the Tories are the government now…

    “Whistlebowler? More like a partisan who doesn’t like Tory policy and is trying to colour his illegal behaviour as some kind of legitimate civil disobedience.”

    Again, like Allan Cuttler, who later ran for the CPC because he didn’t like Liberal policy?

    Please, the Liberals didn’t have Cuttler arrested.

    Once again we see not only proof that there is very little difference between the Libs and the Tories, but that the Tories think the standards they themselves applied to the Liberals do not apply to themselves.

    From a bunch of guys that can seem to work a fax machine or have boxes moved from an office after a year…

    Is the new definition of “bad” only when Liberals do something or when embarrassing stuff happens to Tories.

  • Lord Kitchener's Own

    Don’t forget Benoit unilaterally adjourning a committee meeting yesterday after the committee voted to overrule his ruling that testimony from an Alberta professor that the SPP endangered Canada’s energy security was irrelevant to a hearing into the SPP.

    Don’t like the testimony you’re hearing in a committee? Rule it “irrevelvant”, and demand that the witness stop testifying. If the committee members vote to overrule your ruling? Unilaterally declare the meeting adjourned, and storm out.

    Ahhh. Accountable and transparent government in action!

  • foottothefire

    Isn’t it amazing what can people can do to democratic country when they’ve got control of the democracy (or believe they have control).

  • ALW

    Travel expenses: er, okay, you got us! Woooo!

    Civil servant arrest: uh, this is a no brainer. The guy was trying to sabotage government activity. You wouldn’t be singing the same tune if it was a partisan Tory bureaucrat trying to screw a Liberal government, would you? And most importantly, it was the RCMP who arrested him, not on the orders of the Tory government. Whistlebowler? More like a partisan who doesn’t like Tory policy and is trying to colour his illegal behaviour as some kind of legitimate civil disobedience.

    O’Connor: I’ve already said he should resign as Defence Minister, but this is getting silly. I have seen firsthand several Liberal riding associations, MPs and MPPs mixing government/constituency files with partisan ones, so the notion that this is somehow objectionable or unique is laughable.

    Ethics Committee Motion: I wonder if we’re going to hear a full retraction from the opposition about the Tories “deliberately” trying to withold a report, if the investigation says so. Oh, and if the Tories were so keen not to have it released, isn’t it a bit odd to cave in precisely when the media shows up – when the collapse would have maximum coverage?

    I can’t wait for the look on your face, Scotty, should you ever discover the actual dire straits, organizationally and financially, that your own party is in. You won’t be so keen to take on the Tories when you do.

  • Not a good day for the Harperites.

  • I have to admit, I find it amazing that all this stuff comes out at the exact same time the Tories intended to take the moral high ground again. Bad karma.

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