Jack Harris, the NDP MP for St. John’s East, spoke for three hours today against the Conservatives omnibus crime Bill C-10. He resumes his speech on Wednesday as he tries to filibuster the bill and reiterate the position of the Official Opposition.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act returned to the House of Commons Tuesday after passing 48-37 in the Conservative-dominated and unelected Senate. The Senate made several minor amendments relating to “State Immunity Act and the ability of terrorism victims to sue their perpetrators.”
The bill will pass. In fact, it may pass as earlier as Wednesday evening. During the 2011 federal election, the Harper Conservatives promised to pass the bill within 100 sitting days of the 41st Parliament.
But Harris, the New Democrat justice critic and vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, is doing what he was elected to do – work for Canadians. It’s never too late to add a Canadian voice to a bill that seeks to radically engineer our society – socially and politically. The bill seeks to impose an insidious right-wing worldview that expands state power, divides Canadians, take away civil liberties, punish the weak and marginalized, and weaken our democratic institutions, practices and values.