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Can Conservatives Only Be In Contempt of Parliament?

Just to bring a little Canadian flavor to my blog (being a Canadian and all).

So in Canada, back in 2011, the Conservatives with their minority government were deemed to be in contempt of parliament. It sounds a lot worse than it actually is and is more related to a high school election on the person they hate the most. The process of determining whether a government is in contempt isn't done by a judge, nor is it done through some sort of police investigation. It's just something that is voted and passed in parliament. The conservatives only having a minority government (for my American readers, having the most seats of any party, but still outnumbered by opposing parties) they were easily outvoted by the three left wing parties; Liberal Party, New Democratic Party and Bloc Quebecois. An aside: the same three parties tried to oust the Conservatives from power by aligning together... and if you're unfamiliar, the Bloc Quebecois is a separatist party.

Anyway, the Conservatives were forced to call an election and ended up winning a majority.

Today, we have the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in trouble now. He doesn't understand how two parties are outnumbering him on votes and are calling him to task. What have the NDP been doing? Well, allegedly, building satellite offices with party money, but paying staff with House of Commons money... money that is meant to pay for the work an elected official is supposed to do. It's not to pay people to do partisan party work and promote the party as they see fit. Tax payers aren't responsible for that. You can read more about it here.

Just as an aside, I was reading an interesting article about how there aren't any bearded politicians (at least ones that win) anymore. Maybe Mulcair needs to take a visit to the Shaving Stallion and learn how to shave off that face. He might actually win something outside of the media's darling attention of him.

I guess the big thing for me about politics is... well politics. It's the hypocrisy of it all. The same person loves the witch hunt against the conservatives, but gets all so upset when he's the one being hunted. Will the NDP and Thomas Mulcair be held in contempt of parliament? Probably not. Not even sure if this is a particular event would qualify.

All I do know is that you can't do this. You can't build a political party office and then "staff" it with people paid for by the government of Canada to work in such offices. Mulclair just needs to own up to it.


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