December 5, 2005

A little legal advice from the Skatch

So this has been bothering me ever since the Jack Layton’s little coup d’état a couple of weeks ago. I know not everyone has been to law school, but you’d think that someone who has the intention of becoming a country’s prime minister should know a little bit about the constitution…not even the whole constitution…just two little sections…s.91 and s.92…you know, the ones that lay out federal and provincial jurisdiction…

I raise this becomes Jack-O and Steve-O have proposed some policies that pretty much violate the constitution by encroaching on provincial jurisdiction. First off, Jack-O’s little threat to topple the government if the PM didn’t intervene in private clinics in Quebec – Jack, read s.92 (7) – He CAN’T do it – well, unless you want him to violate the rule of law to further his political career – probably not a good idea

Next we have Steve-0’s plan to give $1,200 for ever child in the country…again, we find an encroachment on provincial jurisdiction. But the big kicker is his plan to reduce wait times for medical treatment. I think first on Mr. harper’s agenda should be to read the Canada Health Act. Ottawa has about as much jurisdiction over wait times as they do over snow. So how ‘bout this, the first Federal leader who can promise me snow on Christmas wins my vote. That’s about as legitimate as Harper’s claim to reduce wait times is…not to mention the fact that he plans on subcontracting to private clinics to do so…but that’s for another time

To finish off, I’d like to give you just a few of the many reasons that I plan to vote Liberal on January 23rd:
1) I believe in a Just Society
2) I believe government should be a place where people come together and no one is left behind – the Liberal Party is the only one who will assure this
3) I don’t think that the gst should be cut so that the top 1% of income earners in this country can pay less for a hummer

Merry Elexmas and a Minority New Year!

Lauren Wihak

Lauren is a Queen's Law Student and of course, super cool! She was born and raised in Regina

14 Commentaires:

Blogger fidel a dit...

are you for real? is this for real? How exactly have the liberals ensured a just society. The primary objective of a liberal mandate..is and will always be...QUEBEC. Serving the needs of Quebeckers is not justice..its obsessive favortism. (im not blaming Quebeckers for this..im blaming the pragmatic, uncreative whims of the liberal politico machine)

In light of current events..namely Kaschewan..and the gommery inquiry..you have alot of audacity claiming that the liberals believe in a just society. (or to be more accurate..you are voting liberal because you believe in a just society)...your argument becomes even more tenuous..and worrisome..when you talk of liberals "not leaving Canadians behind". The liberals have an obvious track record of leaving CANADIANS behind. How can you expect me to believe that they wont continue to make pragmatic mistakes? It seems counterintuitive to suggest that their past track record is not indication of where they will be headed in the future.
Id also like to indicate that I am not endorsing any political parties. They are all problematic. I have become a deeply troubled voter. I dont believe in voting for the lesser of the evils.

12/05/2005 1:35 p.m.  
Blogger wihaker a dit...

I would like to rebut the following arguments:
1) Just Society: when I refer to a just society, i speak of the protection of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, bilingual and minority language rights, aboriginal rights, federalism, the protection of a woman's right to choose, and the protection of due process in law, all of which would be eroded by a Conservative government who would bring back a discussion of abortion, severely repeal minority language rights (which as a francophone from Saskatchewan I take seriously), erode the s.7, s.11(d) and s.2 rights in the Charter, and send us to war.

2) Where no one is left behind: again, I do not grant your premise. I am not speaking of what you allude to as the liberal track record, which it should be pointed out fell under the leadership of Mr. Chrétien. I am speaking of the balance of fiscal and social policies the liberal platform intends to benefit all Canadians. The tax cut proposed by Mr. Harper to the gst would benefit only the wealthiest earners. Low-income citizens, including students I might add, would still recieve more on their GST rebate than they would save from the tax cut. The Liberal plan addresses deficit avoidance and debt reduction, so that our children and grand children are not saddled with debt...or should I say, 'left behind', which is most certainly what Mr. Layton's economic platform would lead to.

I am disturbed by your cynicism. Take a look from outside your blinders and you'll see that it could be a lot worse...A lot worse.

12/05/2005 2:03 p.m.  
Blogger fidel a dit...

Kashechewan happened under the leadership of MARTIN.

are you really sure that you want to talk about future generations? Economic viability is not the most important issue on that front.

economic and social policies. i hate to say it again..but kaschewan. You know what lauren..it could be alot worse...i think you should drive to a couple of reserves in NOrthern Ontario..and tell the first nations people that. Tell "them" not to complain because it could be alot worse. I mean.."they" could have no water at all..so "they" shouldnt complain about having to boil it? right? Im sorry..but it could be worse is not good enough for me. THis is one of the best countries in the world..there is no excuse for preferential treatment. All CANADIANS should be able to enjoy the same basic level of living standards.

also..when have i ever advocated support for the conservatives..in legal terms..that seems like what some might call a moot point. I dont think i even really need to validate that part of this discussion.

in regards to me opening my blinders. well..im kinda puzzled. does that mean i should stop questioning the actions of our government because it could be worse. Sorry lauren..but im not ready to sell out to the man..and accept mediocrity. You might be..but im not.

(also..im all about the charter...i have even sang about my love for it in public..i even have several reliable witnesses..but i mean..if we are going to exonorate Martin from gommery (which is utter bs..considering he was the senior Quebec minister at the time..and his exoneration..only serves to preclude his ignorance..and i dont really want to support an ignorant leader) then we should also...avoid giving the current liberal government credit for the charter. (as i recall..trudeau and chretien..had everything to do with the charter)

12/05/2005 2:36 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

oh boy rosemary where do i begin

Gagliano was senior Quebec minister at the time of sponsorship FACT

Paul Martin was exonerated from criminal wrongdoing FACT

Jean Chretien was exonerated from criminal wrongdoing FACT


Elections are about choosing the best option. LIberals are the best option.

12/05/2005 2:49 p.m.  
Blogger wihaker a dit...

natural resources also fall under provincial jurisdiction, and thus Kaschewan happened under Premier McGuinty's watch: FACT

12/05/2005 2:53 p.m.  
Blogger fidel a dit...

FACT: First Nations land is FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JURISDICTION.
FACT: antonio drank alot of koolaid.
FACT: Elections DO NOT have to be about choosing the lesser evil.

12/05/2005 3:13 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Why are you attacking me for saying what I believe in Rosemary

You truly have run out of arguments

12/05/2005 3:47 p.m.  
Blogger angela a dit...

antonio, only 1/3 of those claims was an attack on your beliefs, so you still have to answer the other 66.666666666666% of her comment

12/05/2005 5:46 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

ok ainge i'll oblige

I agree Reserves are federal jurisdiction and what happened was tragic but I will also point to the deal the First Minsiters and the Native Chiefs signed in Kelowna, a step towards a systemic solution

Thirdly, voting is about choosing the best vision, if rosemary sees it differently, its her problem

12/06/2005 12:25 a.m.  
Blogger fidel a dit...

Giovanni says:
A lot of mafiosi have been exonerated. FACT. but was their exoneration just? nope. Berlusconi created many a law to evade his own imminent incarceration.(ok..so im being a tad more dramatic than giovanni)

Giovanni also says:
I thought the Italian mafiosi were well managed. Man, the mafiosi in Canada have it made with your liberal friends. Its a sad day to see the death of true passion and the loss of political truth.

12/06/2005 1:09 a.m.  
Blogger M-A a dit...

"on provincial jurisdiction"

J'en reviens pas encore! J'ai vu, sur un site libéral fédéral, quelqu'un défendre les juridictions provinciales.

Si Pettigrew se fait battre aux prochaines élections, il pourra venir au provincial. Il a déjà de l'expérience...il l'a dit lui-même...

12/06/2005 1:18 a.m.  
Blogger angela a dit...

good point, m-a. it kind of ties into fidel's claim that the liberal party exists to play mommy for quebec and tell them what they want and need.

"again, I do not grant your premise."
lol, leo, episode 1 season 7. maybe episode 2. how the shit would i know? sasha recorded me a bunch on tivo and i kind of watched them all at once.

i refuse to be *that* afraid of a conservative government. martins already made some nice inroads on star wars, and you dont have to be an alien-watching fringe politico to accept that is bad news and a waste of our time.

the liberals had a nice crew of people voting against ssm. im not in favour of silencing these opinions, but to go around taking credit for years of glbt activism and some pivotal judicial decisions simply because you garnered some opposition support to drown your fundie backbenchers out does not make you some bastion of tolerance.

ok, maybe compared to the conservatives, which just shows how high the liberals are really aiming on the morality index.

12/06/2005 6:32 a.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

"It's propaganda/ Sell it to the innocent/ Oh yeah, they're buying it"

- Limp Bizkit

12/06/2005 4:06 p.m.  
Blogger angela a dit...

phil, you are so full of LOLz.

12/07/2005 6:49 a.m.  

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