Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- pogge points out that the Cons' response to the perception that judges aren't fully onside with their efforts to impose top-down control has been to eliminate the judiciary's ability to ensure fair results:
Where the institutions of government have put constraints on Conservative ambitions, this government has tried to game them, sabotage them or roll right over them. If a regulator like Linda Keen gets in the way, she gets fired. Legislation from Jason Kenney and now Vic Toews has attempted to give the ministers ever-wider latitude to act on their own discretion without accountability. If regulatory processes threaten to prevent, or even slow down, government-approved development projects then regulatory processes need to be "streamlined."

It shouldn't come as a surprise that they're also trying to game the legal system to prevent judges and courts from impeding their agenda. It's what these Conservatives do.
- Which is to say that we should fully expect them to next try to ensure that partisan appointees can prevent the likes of Election Canada from investigating fraudulent voter suppression.

- Dave comments on the B.C. Libs' punishment budget.

- Finally, this week's column will run a day late - as in the meantime, the Leader-Post is dedicating its opinion page to a well-deserved tribute to columnist Ron Petrie.

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