Democracy is one of our greatest strengths, especially during a crisis.
That’s why the Liberals and NDP conspiring to shutter Parliament until September is shocking.
Parliament is the heart of our democracy. It’s where our elected members representing Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast come together and deliberate on the issues of national importance.
Yet, under the Liberals and NDP plan Parliament’s ability to scrutinize the government will be curtailed.
Throughout this crisis, we Conservatives have been committed to working with the government on behalf of Canadians.
We’ve continuously pushed for constructive solutions to the problems facing Canadians and improved the governments response.
For example, it was due to Conservative pressure that the Liberals increased the wage subsidy for small businesses to 75% of wages instead of their original proposal of 10%.
Now as the economy starts re-opening and the Liberals’ spending is coming under scrutiny they’re dodging the hard questions.
The Liberals are only allowing four hours to debate the hundreds of billions of dollars of new spending.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer has called this “unfortunate, to say the least” as the crucial role of Parliament’s scrutiny of public finance is quashed.
In the place of Parliament, the Liberals are offering to hold special committee meetings, where the opposition have significantly fewer rights than in a regular Parliamentary sitting, including limiting the topic of debate.
It’s clear Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to answer questions, he prefers an audience.
Yet, our constitutional system is founded on the principle that the prime minister must answer the questions of Canadians.
By shutting down Parliament Trudeau is failing Canadians.
This is blatantly an attempt by the Liberals to sidestep scrutiny at a time when they’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on new programs.
This is unacceptable and undemocratic.
A large portion of Edmonton’s historic Chinatown is within my riding of Edmonton Griesbach. Our constituency office summer intern Josh Hui and I recently spent time there to see how the community is coping amid the COVID pandemic.
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