I’ve commented repeatedly on the tendency for legislation proposed by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration to contain measures that grant unaccountable authority to the minister. Why should the latest bill be any different? According to a CBC report on Bill C-43, which is up for debate in the Commons today, the legislation:
…includ[es] a . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: The power would be used sparingly. So why does he need it?
Liberals rehire Vikileaks creator sacked after tweeting Toews’s divorce details
A disgraced Liberal staffer who was fired after splashing the lurid details of a Conservative cabinet minister’s messy divorce all over Twitter in response to the Harper government’s Internet snooping bill has been rehired by the party.
Adam Carroll is once again working for the . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: By my count, the Liberals are allowed at least one more
Lawyers, that is. Nancy Leblanc at Impolitical reproduces the text of an open letter to Jason Kenney signed by more than 80 Ontario lawyers. They seem to be a bit displeased with Kenney’s behaviour. Also courtesy of Nancy, there’s an accompanying Globe and Mail story that provides the background.
But there’s a larger context. Kenney . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: They send mail
Jason Kenney, July 9, 2012:
“(Soldiers) are heroes, but at the time, they’re British subjects,” Kenney said firmly, before explaining that there was no such thing as a Canadian citizen prior to 1947. He told Scott that her Ontario-born father was “clearly not, obviously not” a citizen during World War II.
“There was no citizenship . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mixed message
Ottawa loses legal battle over immigration backlog
About 900 applicants under the federal skilled workers’ program sued Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for violating the pledge to assess and finalize decisions in a timely fashion.
They asked the court to order the immigration department to process their applications within a reasonable time frame.
In a decision . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: In which Jason Kenney is reminded that he was elected to govern and not to rule
I’m sure a lot of my fellow bloggers will be all over this story but I wanted my own copy to refer back to. I expect to get a lot of mileage out of this one.
Federal bureaucrats pose as ‘new Canadians’ on Sun News
Six federal bureaucrats were drafted to pose as new Canadians . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "political theatre"
In a decision clearly aimed at Muslim women, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently ruled that no one should be allowed to take the oath of Canadian citizenship with his or her face covered. Kenney is selling this in the name of shared values but Andrew Potter isn’t buying it.
…here’s the plain truth: . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: QOTD: On shared values
Perhaps the best place to start with this Globe and Mail article is half a dozen paragraphs in, where a part of the process followed when someone is to be deported from Canada is described.
Bureaucrats routinely conduct what is known as a “pre-removal risk assessment” to determine whether rights abuses are likely to follow . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government
I’ve commented before on the tendency of the Harper Conservatives to craft legislation that gives cabinet ministers the ability to act without any check on their authority. They seem to think we’re electing them to rule instead of to govern. Here’s another example:
The Tory crime bill will hand the Immigration Minister a mandate to . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: On ministerial instructions
Regular visitors to this corner of the internet will know that I’m not in favour of our continued military presence in Afghanistan. But if we’re going to be there and we’re going to make promises to the individual Afghans who put their own lives at risk by supporting our efforts there, we really ought to keep those promises. A few months ago there were published reports about poor follow through on our promise to create a special visa program for Afghan interpreters who had worked with our troops and thus made themselves targets in the eyes of Afghans fighting on the other side. Things were progressing slowly when they progressed at all and as of last July, only 60 Afghans had been admitted to Canada out of 475 who applied. The pace of the processing of those applications might best be described as glacial. But that story at least reported good news for one particular interpreter, Sayed Shah Sharifi, who appeared to be finally headed to Canada. Or not…. . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging Jason Kenney