Peace, order and good government, eh?: The power would be used sparingly. So why does he need it?

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: By my count, the Liberals are allowed at least one more

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: They send mail

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mixed message

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: In which Jason Kenney is reminded that he was elected to govern and not to rule

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "political theatre"

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: QOTD: On shared values

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: ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Mostly competent government

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: On ministerial instructions

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 ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging Jason Kenney

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 ...