Saturday, March 13, 2010

On insufficient terms

Impolitical has a detailed review of the Cons' finally-revealed terms of reference for Justice Iacobucci. But the quick takeaway is that it's the bad joke expected from the beginning, featuring an explicit declaration that the executive can tell Parliament what documents it should be allowed to see, a complete lack of acknowledgment that Parliamentary supremacy applies or even exists, and a filtering step where Rob Nicholson can suppress the detailed findings in favour of a sure-to-be-distorted summary for public consumption.

In sum, the only reasonable response for the opposition is to consider this a bad-faith response which justifies going ahead with a contempt motion. But sadly, the biggest question now is probably more along the lines of what excuse the Libs will find for doing otherwise.

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