Justin Trudeau gave voters the impression he was turning a page on what he portrayed as the dark and secretive ways of the former Conservative government.
Sunny ways was all the rage. But Prime Minister Trudeau has not delivered.
Recent reports reveal he’s treating Parliament as nothing more than a tool to ram through his agenda, opposition support be damned.
During the Stephen Harper years it was popular to decry so-called omnibus bills.
These are pieces of proposed legislation hundreds of pages long that cover multiple issues.
Break them down, critics said. If the average Canadian can’t read and understand legislation with relative ease, who’s to say they’re not being hoodwinked by what’s in the pages?
The Liberal campaign platform from 2015 even pledged to “bring an end to this undemocratic practice”.
But on Tuesday, the Liberal government tabled a sweeping budget bill over 300 pages long.
It doesn’t just include passing the Liberal budget document, but touches upon other government functions as well.
So much for real change.
Meanwhile, Trudeau is showing control freak tendencies as his government tries to ram through changes to the Standing Orders.
These are the rules in place that determine just how laws get passed.
The opposition proposed requiring all-party support to change how Parliament works.
Makes sense to us.
But Trudeau’s team voted against it. They want complete control.
Conservative MP Candice Bergen called it “arrogant”. NDP MP Murray Rankin labelled it a “power grab”.
Then there are all those buried numbers by the Liberals.
Like the finance department calculations that showed we’re on track for deficits until the 2050s.
Or the true costs to taxpayers of Trudeau’s luxury winter break vacation on the private, Bahamas island of the super-rich Aga Khan.
Or the fact the Liberals won’t release a report that shows how much a national carbon tax is expected to raid average Canadians’ wallets annually.
Trudeau promised transparency and accountability but has instead delivered his own version of secrecy and control.
It’s not what Canadians voted for and it’s not a sunnier approach to governing.
On their own, these individual examples might not stick with voters.
But together, they’re creating an impression people won’t easily forget.
Toronto Sun by Sun Staff
April 12th 2017