Conservatives Ramming Through Legislation with No Oversight

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Ramming through important legislation has become a disturbing pattern ever since the Conservatives received their majority, the Liberals say. “They have excluded the public and media from committees and rammed through problematic legislation to avoid oversight. Mr. Harper should explain why he believes his government is above accountability,” they said in a press release

OTTAWA— The federal Liberals slammed the Conservatives for ramming through legislation with no oversight or accountability.,

“The Harper Conservatives are once again throwing the weight of their majority around – this time by ramming through a 642-page budget implementation bill that has everything but the kitchen sink. It is an insult to Canadians to spend their hard earned tax-dollars without any oversight or debate,” Liberal House Leader Marc Garneau said on Bill C-13, which was introduced on Thursday

“This bill is flawed and needs to be examined carefully. For example, it contains no real plan to create jobs and it deliberately excludes low-income Canadians from programs such as the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit and the Children’s Arts Tax credit.”

Liberals said they are ready to work to improve this legislation in order to create jobs and help the most vulnerable Canadians that the Conservatives have left out. Instead, this flawed bill will be pushed through with no changes.

“This has become a disturbing pattern ever since the Conservatives received their majority. They have excluded the public and media from committees and rammed through problematic legislation to avoid oversight. Mr. Harper should explain why he believes his government is above accountability,” Garneau said.