Pro­tect­ing Democ­racy

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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.

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