Interesting piece today in the Edmonton Sun of all places. While the Conservatives made great hay whining falsely that the Liberals in the Senate were unfairly delaying their “Accountability” Act, apparently while the act was passed and received royal assent before Christmas, it seems Steve Harper is delaying the implementation of much of the act, from protection for whistle blowers to an independent ethics commissioner, for political reasons...
As Stephen Harper crowed the day Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean gave her official rubber stamp to the new laws just before Christmas: "We promised to stand up for accountability and to change the way government works. Canadians elected this government to deliver on that commitment, and today the federal Accountability Act ... delivers on the government's promise."Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers
Well, not exactly.
Turns out many of the most important areas of accountability reform - including those opening Canada Post and other federal agencies to public scrutiny - didn't become law in the Senate chamber that day at all, and may well be sitting in Harper's in-basket for quite some time to come.