Rumours swirling around Ottawa suggest the Conservative government is thinking of shutting down Parliament until after the Olympics, killing some of its own bills but also ending the discussion of Afghan detainees that is nibbling away at Tory popularity. “I have heard that from some of the public servants,” Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale said Monday of a potential prorogation. “The word they are getting is ‘get ready to clear the decks. Anything that needs to get done before a parliamentary session ends, get it done.' ” .....<strong>Libby Davies, the NDP House Leader</strong>, said she had not heard the rumours that the parliamentary session could be ended. “I can't imagine what reason they would have to prorogue the House,” she said, “especially when it's the Conservatives who make such a big deal of their legislation and their crime agenda and things being held up.”
Delta-Richmond East Conservative MP John Cummins supports the HST, but says Premier Gordon Campbell is using it to gouge B.C. residents. The harmonized sales tax moved closer to reality in B.C. and Ontario last week after the House of Commons voted in favour of the tax. The Liberals and Bloc Quebecois backed the Conservative government's motion for an amendment to the Excise Tax Act. The NDP was in opposition....Asking why the Conservative government is trying to ram through the HST bill, NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies (Vancouver-East) said, "It seems like Mr. (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper is pulling a page out of Mr. Campbell's playbook. Mislead, obfuscate and try limit public debate on the HST."
Greenpeace T-shirts have been banned from Parliament after the organization staged an illegal demonstration on the Hill this week. The ban is due to "recent events," a security guard told a reporter from The Canadian Press who entered the Parliament buildings as a visitor Thursday wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt. The reporter put on the shirt to confirm reports that security was searching visitors for Greenpeace logos......New Democrat MP Libby Davies said she understands Monday's protest may have heightened tensions, but Parliament Hill is a place that should defend freedom of expression. "The fact is, wearing a T-shirt that says Greenpeace on it does not mean that you're going to do something out of line," she said. "I think they need to have a measured and reasonable response."
Speaking at UBC's Liu Institute on Thurs. Nov. 26, Miloon Kothari, a former UN Special Rapporteur, called for Canada to give greater legal recognition to housing rights and to undertake a national housing strategy. Mr. Kothari is the author of the 2007 UN Human Rights Council Report on Adequate Housing in Canada. Kothari cited the Montreal Charter as a positive example which requires the city and its partners to take appropriate housing measures. He noted that a private member's bill submitted by Vancouver MP Libby Davies calls for a national housing strategy and has currently passed second reading in the House of Commons.
The fallout continues after border guards flagged prints of three films destined for a gay film festival in Ottawa Nov 20. Inside Out was able to find screeners of all three movies, although they had to resort to lower-quality watermarked DVDs instead of the celluloid films tied up at the border. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wouldn’t allow the prints into the country until they watched them and greenlighted the content. The week after the festival was over, they approved the films.