Omnibus Budget Bills Are Incompatible With A Functional Democracy

Omnibus budget bills are undemocratic, unfair, contain wedge issues and make a Member of Parliament’s job impossible to complete. This week is a constituency break week and I am home in the riding. I have received numerous phone calls, emails, and in-person conversations, where constituents are asking my thoughts on, and if I support, Bill C-59, the government’s latest omnibus Budget Implementation Act. The bill is 157 pages long, divided into three parts and Part Three is divided into 20 divisions. This allows a wide ranging variety of disparate topics to be covered, some supportable, many not. Unfortunately, sometime next week I, and all other Members of Parliament, are going to have to rise and vote either “yea” or “nay” on the entire package. This is an impossible task as much of the legislation, especially the actual budget related provisions, is supportable. Many of the non-budgetary items, however, are between…