Bill C-38 is Harper’s so-called “omnibus” budget bill because the government is trying to cram so much into it — some of it good, some of it neutral, much of it horrible. This comes on the heels of other legislative doozies like Bill C-10 (the omnibus crime bill), Bill C-11 (the copyright reform bill), and Bill C-30 (the “Lawful Access” bill). Are you starting to see an ongoing theme here?
Among the list of things that our Fascist-inspired leadership is trying to get passed are:
- Changes to Employment Insurance designed to push Canadians into debt and corporate servitude.
- An increase in the mandatory retirement age designed to ensure people give up more of their earnings to banks through taxes.
- Removal of already mostly non-existent CSIS oversight (this is the Canadian domestic spy agency).
- Giving U.S. law-enforcement agents, such as the FBI, the same powers as members of the RCMP during cross-border operations.
- Changes to environmental rules such as allowing the federal government to crack down on charities, including environmental groups, which advocate for better laws and policies; fast-tracking of big-corp projects through a weaker environmental review process; reduced protection for fish and fish habitats, exempting pipelines and power lines from the Navigable Waters Act and reduced protection for species at risk; laying off of over 600 Parks Canada workers; increased offshore drilling and on publicly-owned grasslands.
In response, a SOPA-like campaign is being waged called “BlackOutSpeakOut” in which some 13,000 websites are going dark to protest the ongoing scumbaggery of our federal government. Additionally, government opposition are doing everything in their power to slow down and kill this thing, or at least have it split up so that each part of the bill can be voted on independently instead of keeping the good parts in limbo because the bad parts have been glued to them in one giant bill.
Originally posted at: http://patrickbay.ca/blog/?p=3268