Derelict boat bill just lip service

Writer questions the timing of MP John Weston's derelict boat bill.

Re: Derelict boat bill. Kudos to John Weston for the effort or at least the sentiment. On second thought, perhaps not even that. Correct me if I’m wrong but as I understand it this bill will die before it hits the ground, as we approach the election period.

Surely John is aware of this, particularly aware there is no immediate mechanism to demonstrate his bill has any hope of passing now, next year or 10 years from now. Considering the high complexity of the issue (no one touched it with a 10-foot pole until now) and also that backbencher bills have a failure rate worse than opening a restaurant on 6th Avenue, it is reasonable to assume the following: This is a deliberate and rather Machiavellian ploy to lodge a happy thought in our minds when we are standing in the ballot box looking at the name “John Weston.”

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It’s a little harder but not impossible is to recall his other grand initiatives, such as loudly proclaiming to a house full of sleeping MPs, “The economy is the environment!” all while he gladly signed Harper Omnibus bills ruthlessly gutting public science research, oversight, regulation and the ability for the public to be informed by our own science. More recently is his endorsement of Bill C-51 completely in opposition to his stated moral principles.

Sorry John, but the imagery of you going running, making powerless speeches and handing out cheques to the local Streamkeepers is chump change. It is your voting record on the bills that passed, not the faint plausibility of you passing your own bills that matters.

Bruce Kay



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