Archive for May 1st, 2012

Accountability is such a terrible thing…

- May 1st, 2012

Money drain

You think I’m kidding:

OTTAWA - Radio-Canada journalists say they won’t help the minister responsible for the state broadcaster be more accountable to Canadian taxpayers.

The union representing the French CBC’s communications workers filed a grievance earlier this month, objecting to a new code of conduct that, among other things, asks employees to serve the public interest by “Loyally carrying out the lawful decisions of their leaders and supporting ministers in their accountability to Parliament and Canadians.”

This new code of conduct came into force April 2 and replaced the old rules that dated from November 2006.

Union president Alex Levasseur said the requirement to support ministers in their accountability to Parliament is offensive and amounts to an oath of allegiance to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ministers. Radio-Canada employees should not be subject to political influence, and Levasseur does not think the $1.1 billion in public funding the state broadcaster receives annually creates a special obligation to be accountable to Canadians through Parliament. He added that Radio-Canada had always been at arms’ length from the government and that the new code of conduct put that healthy distance in jeopardy.

UPDATE: The Quebec federation of professional journalists also objects (story in French).

The fight against human trafficking moves forward

- May 1st, 2012

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A Conservative private member’s bill that would let Canadian cops go abroad to arrest Canadian citizens and permanent residents suspected of trafficking people, is now in the hands of the Senate.  The House of Commons unanimously passed Bill C-310 on Friday, 27 April.  Now, Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu – known as a tough-on-crime senator – will guide the bill through the upper house. Read more…

Menzoid blog roll, May 1

- May 1st, 2012

Bob Rae reminds me of a fish

- May 1st, 2012

But no! Don’t get mad at me! I mean that in a good way… His endless non-quest for the Liberal leadership (permanent edition) reminds me of this scene from Finding Nemo, for some reason.

Some days, Ottawa feels like a school yard

- May 1st, 2012

Speaker Andrew Scheer
But that’s of course not every day. Sometimes it also feels like a kindergarten, too. Like yesterday. We had the party of Pat ^#%@^$% Martin demanding more decorum in the House of Commons and one Liberal MP accusing a young NDP MP of stealing stuffies.

I’m almost afraid to imagine what today will bring.