Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just How Screwed Up Is Alberta's Legislature?

Unsurprisingly, Bill 44 is going to go ahead "as is" in the legislature.

There may be room to clarify the wording of a new human rights legislation provision for parental rights, but Alberta Culture and Community Spirit Minister Lindsay Blackett said the clause will remain in Bill 44.

School boards"would prefer if it was in the School Act, but we're this far along.We're not able to retract, nor is there a lot of will to do that," Blackett said.

Ummm...unless someone has dramatically rewritten the basics of Parliamentary procedure, Blackett doesn't know what he's talking about. A bill can be amended during its passage through the house and committee cycles. To say that the government "cannot retract" something is beyond a falsehood - it is a clear statement that democracy in Alberta is so broken that the governing conservatives have lost their grip on the even the basics of how our government is supposed to work.

Premier Ed Stelmach reaffirmed his commitment for Bill 44 and his view Albertans would not misuse it.

"I feel very confident in the act and entrenching the rights of parents," Stelmach said Tuesday. "I have tremendous trust in Albertans."

What lovely little fantasy world does Stelmach live in? Especially when Alberta's own home grown wingnuts have already signalled their intentions?

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