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Harper to opposition: "Stop Blocking Change"

October 27th, 2006

From the PMO:

October 27, 2006
Oakville, Ontario

In a speech to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Prime Minister Stephen Harper today laid out the government’s agenda and called upon the opposition to stop blocking change. “This is not what Canadians voted for and it’s not what Canadians want,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister highlighted the legislation the government has brought forward in two areas of particular concern to Canadians – accountability and tackling crime.

The Federal Accountability Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption bill in Canada’s history, was the first piece of legislation tabled by the government upon taking office. With regards to tackling crime, the government has introduced measures to crack down on street racing, raise the Age of Protection, and keep dangerous offenders off the streets.

However, the Prime Minister added that the opposition parties are using the unelected Senate and committee meetings to undermine the government’s accountability and anti-crime measures.

“If the opposition disagrees with us, they should do it in the open, not in some committee meeting, not in the unelected Senate, and not by endlessly stalling a democratic vote,” concluded Prime Minister Harper. “It’s time for the opposition to be straight up with Canadians – why are you opposing accountability and tough measures against crime?”

Why indeed?


  1. Joanne (True Blue)
    October 27th, 2006 at 17:22 | #1

    They want Harper to look ineffective. I hope it comes back to bite them bigtime.

  2. Brian
    October 28th, 2006 at 08:00 | #2

    There’s a big difference between ineffective and dithering – they don’t seem to understand that.

    They are also giving hime every reason to go back to the public and say “I need a majority to do my job. You want tough on crime? They are stopping it. You want accountability? Their Senate is blocking it.” &tc.

    Who it works for in the long run, only time will tell.

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