Last week, Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons, delivered two important decisions. Both decisions go right to the heart of the Harper regime’s attacks on our democracy: withholding vital information, forging documents, misleading the House, and misleading Canadians.
“The Conservatives continue to abuse their power and show nothing but contempt for Parliament and the Canadian people,” began William Hogg, candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in Compton-Stanstead. “Recall the decision made by Mr. Milliken on Afghan detainees this past spring. With what we heard yesterday, it’s evident once again that the Conservatives believe they are above the law.”
M. Milliken spoke yesterday on issues that touch the heart of our democratic system: responsible government, transparency, integrity, accountability and respect for the rule of law.
For the Liberal candidate in Compton-Stanstead, these decisions reinforce his belief that the Harper Conservatives don’t reflect the values of our political system or of our society at large.
“This regime changed the name of the Government of Canada to the ‘Harper government!’ Harper himself stated that it is ‘HE’ who makes the laws in this country! His ministers break laws by using taxpayer money to do party fundraising from their offices,” continued Mr. Hogg. “We must ask a serious question – do the Conservatives do anything legal?”
“If we look at these decisions by the Speaker, and combine them with the recent decision by the Federal Appeals Court on the Conservative’s ‘In & Out’ scheme,” concluded Mr. Hogg, “I question whether this regime deserves the confidence of Canadians. I know it has lost mine.”
The ‘In & Out’ scheme was first denounced by one of Mr. Hogg’s former adversaries, then Conservative candidate Gary Caldwell.
Yesterday, perennial Liberal candidate,
William Hogg hosted Liberal M.P. Denis Coderre in a tour of the Townships that ended at a local Lennoxville pub for an early evening meeting.