Thursday, December 19, 2013

Old Virtual Duff makes another public appearance .....

Good Day Readers:

It's surprising some enterprising businessperson hasn't yet come up with a series of life sized inflatables of your favourite politician to celebrate this time of year. Imagine featuring your Member of Parliament or Senator on your front yard standing beside Rob and Doug Ford. Or what about RCMP Corporal Greg Horton as part of a set standing beside Virtual Mike, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb?

Sound like a plan?

Clare L. Pieuk
VANCOUVER, British Columbia: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) inflated its Senate mascot for a third time today, this time at Vancouver’s Olympic Village, to highlight growing support for a national referendum on abolishing the Senate.

The 30-foot tall balloon, that may or may not look like a certain suspended Senator, was also the backdrop for a call by the CTF for Premier Christy Clark to allow a free vote on the British Columbia NDP motion supporting Senate abolition.

“The Premier needs to allow her British Columbia Liberal MLAs the freedom to stand up for the province to say no more senate scandals, no more wasted money, no more under-representation for western provinces,” said Jordan Bateman, British Columbia Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

If the NDP motion is passed, the province would join Saskatchewan and Manitoba as the third province to adopt a pro-abolition stance since the CTF kicked off its abolition referendum campaign in July.

“It’s clear the Senate abolition movement is picking up steam,” said Gregory Thomas, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Maxime Bernier, a federal Conservative cabinet minister from Quebec, has called publicly for a referendum on getting rid of the Senate. In October, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters that the Senate is “disruptive of what we’re trying to do economically.”

“I’m actually an advocate of abolition of the Senate. I always have been,” said Flaherty. “In this day and age to have a non-elected legislative body is an anachronism.”

Thomas said that CTF supporters have been signing an online petition at calling for a referendum, and bombarding MPs with calls, letters, and email messages to demand action.

“It’s time Canadians got to vote on getting rid of the Senate,” said Thomas. “This unelected bordello of backscratching has become a shameful relic of the Civil War era of the 19th century.”

With just six seats in the Senate, British Columbia’s 4.6 million people have the same representation as 750,000 New Brunswickers. Prince Edward Island, with the same population as Coquitlam and Port Moody, is constitutionally guaranteed four seats in the Senate.

To read a backgrounder on the Canadian Taxpayers Federation campaign for a referendum on abolishing the Senate, click HERE.



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