C-377: The Union Transparency Bill. The Senate should soberly defeat it.

The rule of law and rules of procedural fairness are officially dead when legislators use a majority to defeat them for partisan purpose. That is exactly what happened in the Senate of Canada on Friday, when Conservative Senators used their majority to overrule the Conservative Speaker on a procedural point of order. In what was an unusual, if not unprecedented move, the Government Leader in the Senate, Claude Carignan moved to overrule Speaker Leo Housakos, who had, correctly, ruled that the Government’s attempt at closure was out of order. The subject matter in dispute shouldn’t be relevant to such procedural chicanery, but perhaps if C-377 wasn’t such a fatally flawed bill, the opposition Senators wouldn’t be so motivated to see this legislation defeated and the governing party, suddenly down in public opinion polls, wouldn’t feel the need to play to its base. C-377, the so-called union transparency bill would use…