The Tory government passed a motion in the House of Commons during a vote that the Liberals boycotted — calling the appointment potentially illegal — and one the NDP said is another example of Prime Minister Stephen Harper running “roughshod” over Parliament.
Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae and the rest of his caucus walked out on the vote, saying it does not make any sense to appoint an officer of Parliament who can’t speak both official languages — especially when the government’s own job posting said: “proficiency in both official languages is essential.’’
“The government unilaterally — and in our view illegally — changed the rules in the middle of the game,” Rae told reporters on Parliament Hill.
“We will not sanction or legitimize this process by participating in a vote which we believe is fundamentally illegitimate,” he added. “This is a complete abuse of process and it strikes at the heart of the Canadian identity.”
Report on G8 spending won’t be released, Auditor General says The Conservatives defended themselves against allegations an Auditor General investigation had found the government misinformed Parliament on nearly $50-million in funding for projects related to last year’s G8 summit in a Tory Cabinet minister’s Ontario riding.
37 Days: Knockout punches no longer part of debates Short of Michael Ignatieff acknowledging that he really is Just Visiting, or Stephen Harper producing a black book titled ‘Hidden Agenda’ from his blazer pocket, it will be impossible to state that a decisive blow was struck