Conservatives trying to ram partial postal deregulation through Parliament
Omnibus budget Bill C-9 contains hidden provisions.
The government is attempting to push partial deregulation of Canada Post through Parliament as part of an omnibus budget bill called "Bill C-9, An act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measures."
Part 15 of this bill would, if passed, remove international letters from Canada Post's exclusive privilege to handle letters.
This is the Conservative's third attempt to pass legislation deregulating international letters. One bill (C-14) died when the 2008 election was called. Another (C-44) died when Parliament was prorogued in 2009.
It appears that the federal government has grown impatient with the democratic debate that accompanied earlier bills and is attempting to ram deregulation of international letters through Parliament by attaching it to a budgetary bill. Budgetary matters are considered to be questions of confidence. An election is triggered if confidence questions are voted down by opposition parties.
Given the nature and size of the bill, members of Parliament will not likely have a full and proper debate on the impact of deregulating international letters.
Including partial postal deregulation in Bill C-9 is about as anti-democratic as it gets.
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Posted: May 31, 2010
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