Thursday, November 3, 2011

Liberals Walk Out of AG Vote

Good, because they're right to do so.

Originally I wouldn't support that position, since hey, I'm unilingual myself and I think Mr. Ferguson deserves a fair chance if he says he'll do what he says.

But listening to Bob Rae, you realize the Liberals have a point about something larger than just Ferguson - it's the violation of the process by the very thing that runs the process - the Harper government.

Croon all you want about official bilingualism in Canada Cons, but the fact is that the Harper gov't has violated its own legally-binding rules regarding such major civil service posts like the Auditor General by pushing through Ferguson's appointment. The government had a requirement that a candidate for AG must be bilingual. Lo and behold, the government violated its own rules - doesn't that make you question the integrity of this sham-wow government?

Yes, we know, Mr. Harper makes the rules. But that doesn't give the government the right to go back on its own rules just because they like the look of Ferguson. Maybe he is a good candidate, but he's not bilingual is he - and as Rae said, there's no chance that there isn't a single bilingual candidate just as good as Ferguson out there in the entirety of the country. It's ridiculous to assert as such.

Bottom line, the government has acted without integrity, and the Liberals have responded to that. Good on the Lib caucus, and I hope we really do explore further options to hit the government back for their arrogance. It's the least we can do for Canadians.

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  2. More then half of the MP's are uilingual. Bob Rae should walk out on them to

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  3. Rotterdamn, the posting for the AG position noted that fluency in both official languages was "essential." In the article, Graham Fraser, the commissioner of official languages notes a few problems that can arise with a unilingual AG.

    Qualifications for being an MP doesn't call for them to be fluent in both languages. Winning an election does.

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  4. liberals sound like playground children,don't get their way they go running home to mommy!

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  5. Rotterdam, what part of Harper breaking government rules of bilingualism don't you get? There are no such rules for elected MPs. You only hi-light your ignorance by comparing apples and oranges.

    Proud Canadian, your response is so stupid you make Rotterdam look like a Nobel laureate.

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  6. Tof KW,Flattery will get you nowhere! In recent minority gov't's we've seen empty seats from the liberals when it came to votes,now they run to mommy! We wonder why they ended up has the third party in the house of commons,shocker!

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  7. PC,

    What, mommy, exactly are we talking about? And if you mean the rule of law in this country, well, I don't see how anything is comparable. Clarify or gtfo.

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  8. Proud Canadian - you hate the Liberals, I get that.

    Now what the fuck does that have to do with Harper breaking the government's hiring rules?

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  9. Tof KW , I didn't say I hate the liberals! I'd be embarrassed if I were a liberal supporter,in fact I used to support the libs up to the mid 90's! If they think Mr.Harper broke rules,fine criticize,but don't get up and run like playground children! I believe gov't should pick the best qualified person,period! I don't care how many languages they speak!

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  10. "I believe gov't should pick the best qualified person,period! I don't care how many languages they speak!"

    Hear, hear! Provided the applicant can speak "financese" which apparently the new AG can.

    I didn't realize numbers required translation from one language to the next.

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  11. The issue is not the man - the issue is the violation of the process. That's why the Liberals walked out, and they were absolutely correct to do so. Agree, don't agree, whatever, but the rules have been broken and you only help the Cons get away with it by focusing on the man.

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  12. This kind of attitude by Harper's supporters is the very reason the rest of the country has elected a dictator cult person as Canada's PM. Childish, little education and operating with no or little functioning brain in their heads.

    The sad part of all of this is that one day they will grow up and suddenly realize that the PM and a majority was a very bad choice and
    will not do anything more for them like the rest of Canadians who do not support his leadership and Majority. Its just a matter of time.

    They likely spend their days in their sand box with dirty pants, a toge and are living in their Zombie state worlds. You know the so called living deadbeats.

    It is plain to see by their posts that they cannot comprehend what a liar and a cheat their master is.

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  13. @ ProudCanadian with Selective Attention, re: "don't get up and run like playground children"

    so what do you say about all the times Harper's had our rep's walk out of or boycott various UN votes or meetings out of principle, rather than just vote no?

    Oh,I suppose that's different, cuz, um..... SQUIRREL!

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  14. P.s., if the appointment does stand, he should only be able to draw half the $300k+ salary his first year, because he's promised to become competent in his oral French within the year, but he needs 1,200 hours of language training, which is 30 weeks @ 40 hrs/wk! (i.e., over half the year will be wasted, not to do the AG job, but, um, to get qualified for it. Granted, some civil servants can draw salaries while getting lang. training, but shouldn't be if it was a hiring prerequisite.

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  15. If the government should pick the most qualified person then why did the job application state otherwise?

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  16. Hey, the Conservatives seem to be on pace to breaking the record in capping debate. What are you suppose to do when you're faced with a majority government that refuses to ever listen? In the eighties, the NDP walked out after accusing the Liberal speaker of favouring the government. PC MPs also managed to delay a vote for a few days by refusing to show up in protest over a bill.

    Anyway, if the walk out bothers you, then you should be equally disturbed by the fact that the Conservatives have a reputation at international conferences of walking out or locking themselves in bathrooms when they object to things.

    I didn't realize numbers required translation from one language to the next.

    Civil servants though have the right to work in whatever language they choose. This was the reason the AG has been bilingual the last twenty years.

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