castanet.net 13 May, 2022 19:00 am

MP deluged with passport renewal delay complaints

MP deluged with passport renewal delay complaints
In Parliament, bills are meant to be carefully brought under the microscope of elected representatives to determine whether they are relevant to deal with real problems, while government services should be there to serve the public.

It also gives the prime minister the power to adjourn the House of Commons until September at his pleasure.We’ve seen the prime minister halt the work of Parliament before, with prorogation in 2020 to end the investigation into his dealings in the WE Charity scandal and then with the snap election in 2021.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act for the first time is still spurring plenty of conversation and debate in Canada, with one question yet to be answered: did it meet the extraordinarily high thresholds to use emergency powers.While the prime minister may have waited until the last day to establish it, we now have a Public Order Emergency Commission headed up by Justice Paul Rouleau.

The government invoking cabinet confidentiality on court cases filed to bring forward facts and rationale behind the prime minister's Emergencies Act decision is another attempt to shield itself from public scrutiny.Also gone is the commitment made in the prime minister's mandate letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to create no new, permanent spending.

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