Off With Their Heads, said the Queen
With all the stuff going on in the Senate with DUFFY, BRAZEAU and WALLIN…we’d all be forgiven for thinking Parliament Hill had become a circus…but while the media attention is being focused on the nonsense of three very privileged Senators claiming to be the victims of a mean oppressive and vindictive government…the real strangeness is taking place in the House of Commons…
The weirdness is contained in Bill C-4: an omnibus Bill that will unilaterally change the working conditions of Public Sector workers.
Under this omnibus Bill we learn through the grapevine that:
1) A worker’s right to refuse unsafe work will be affected...since the government plans to redefine the term “danger”, and,
2) The government and only the government will decide what is “essential” work - this means the end of collective bargaining for thousands of workers;
But government won’t give any information on what the Bill really contains.
And it won`t until the Bill is passed!
Tony Clement refused to say exactly what was in the Bill except to say, “You can’t start really implementing a bill until it’s actually passed by Parliament. That’s the reason why that has to wait,” he said.
Globe and Mail, October 24, 2013
That’s like sentencing someone before there is a trial.
…Which brings us to the Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland - remember this scene?
'Let the jury consider their verdict,' the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first, verdict afterwards.'
'Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. 'The idea of having the sentence first!'
'Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning purple.
'I won't!' said Alice.
'Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
Shoot first, ask questions later, if you even bother to ask questions later. And there you have it: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party taking place in the Senate and just down the Hall, Tony Clement doing a damned fine impersonation of the Queen Of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland…