Harper Courts the Court


Harper point men for Senate reform, Tim Uppal, MP, and Senator Claude Carignan.

It didn’t take long for the Harper Conservatives to connect the dots–you just have to follow the money trail.

Late last year, the government of Canada passed Bill C-45 which, amongst many other things, granted a $71,000 raise to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. This brought Beverley McLachlin’s salary up to $370,300.  Obviously, she must be a little grateful. I would be.

Lo and behold, the government is now asking for a return favour, I mean opinion. Today the “Harper Government” announced they would refer a question to the Supreme Court  for an opinion on Senate reform.

“Should a favourable opinion be received from the Supreme Court, the Government intends to continue to pursue the passage of the Senate Reform Act,” notes the government’s press release.

And in accordance with the Court’s opinion, the Senate will have to approve any legislation which the House of Commons might approve. So stack the deck, the upper house, before you let the first ball be pitched.


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