The Harper government is blatantly adhering to the interests of one industry over the broader interests of all Canadians, and over the fundamental protection of our land and waters. What are we to make of how easy a time these industry lobbyists had at furthering their own interests?
On Monday, May 14, parliament will vote on whether to give it second reading and send it to committee.
Despite vociferous opposition calls for splitting the current 400-page bill to deal separately with issues, Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan flatly refused, saying that the government wants its economic program passed quickly.
The tragic irony is that the boogeyman of Harper's Bill C-10 -- the first time offender who fell victim to circumstances that those who now condemn him could never begin to navigate, will in fact emerge the hardened criminals they are painted as. We will have created the crime we seek to erase.