Stephen Harper is Running Away from Accountability. Again. // 哈珀又逃避國會問責監督

This August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to prorogue parliament. Prorogation is the end of a parliamentary session as oppose to a recess or adjournment. If accepted the House of Commons will not sit again until sometime in October.

This is the fourth time the Prime Minister has shut down the work of the House of Commons and debate through prorogation. This will have considerable effects on the legislative work and the NDP’s work as the official opposition. If parliament is prorogued, not only will Stephen Harper and his Conservatives avoid accountability, it will end the discussion on current bills and debates in the House. Bills such as C-7 Senate Reform Act, C-12 Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act, C-21 Political Loans Accountability Act and C-30 Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act will have to start from the beginning – getting reintroduced and debated all over again. This will waste parliament’s valuable time and taxpayers dollars, which should be used to discuss and pass new bills.

Parliament is the place where the Conservative government must respond directly to questions about their actions – including the lavish spending of their Senators, the $90,000 cheque given to Mike Duffy by Stephen Harper’s former Chief of Staff and the role of the Prime Minister's office in the Senate scandal. These recent actions make it clear Stephen Harper will do almost anything to evade questions about his government’s actions.

Today’s New Democrats are the strongest opposition Stephen Harper has ever faced. Day in and day out, my NDP colleagues and I are holding the Conservatives to account—exposing their Senate scandals and job-killing economic agenda. This desperate attempt by a government worn out by ethical scandals and mismanagement will not be dismissed by the Canadian people and the NDP.

New Democrats will continue to hold Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to account in and out of Parliament. And we will keep putting forward practical solutions to make life better for Canadians.

By Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament
Published in the World Journal, June 2014

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哈珀又逃避國會問責監督

哈珀總理最近要求加拿大總督宣布關閉國會。通常閉會是反制國會會期休會或停止會議的一種手段。如果總督接受哈珀提議,國會眾議院可能到10月中旬以前,都無法開會議事。

這是總理這4度關閉、終止國會議事的議程,對國會立法工作,以及加拿大官方對黨聯邦新民主黨的監督功能,造成重大影響。

國會一旦關閉,不僅哈珀和保守黨閣員可以避免國會質詢和辯論,而且一些重要的法案工作將被擱置或夭折。譬如參議員改革C-7法案、加拿大個人資訊保障C-12法案、政治捐款問責C-21法案、保護兒童免於網路欺凌C-30法案,都將被迫折回原點,重新立法和討論。

關閉國會勢將浪費國會議員的重要時間資源,和納稅人的金錢而這些資源理應用來討論和通過的法案。

國會眾議院提供國會議員和公眾,要求執政保守黨政府回答質詢的平台,包括保守黨任命的參議員揮霍無度的開支,譬如哈珀前幕僚長支付參議員達菲 (Mike Duffy) 一筆9萬元支票款項,以及總理辦公室在最近參議院一連串醜聞中扮演的角色。

最近哈珀採取的動作顯示,他將竭盡所能地規避各界對他的保守黨政府的質疑。

目前新民主黨是哈珀每天必須面對的最強有力的反對政黨,我和我的新民主黨同僚將繼續讓保守黨接受民意監督,譬如揭發他們的參議員醜聞和危害就業的經濟政策。

哈珀政府這種逃避外界對其政治操守和不當管理的企圖,將不會被加拿大人和新民主黨所忽視,或任其所為。

加拿大的聯邦新民主黨將繼續在國會殿堂或國會之外,監督哈珀的保守黨,我們也將推出一些讓加拿大國民生活品質更好的務實政策和方案。

(聯邦新民主黨國會議員Fin Donnelly)