Friday, June 02, 2006

Unconstitutional?

Apparently the Accountability Act is unconstitutional.

"Yesterday, [House of Commons law clerk Rob] Walsh singled out as problematic three sections of the bill dealing with rules for cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries that would prevent them from voting on, or even debating, a question that would put them in a conflict of interest.

The ministers and secretaries could be penalized by courts if they contravened the new law.

The chief law clerk says the bill confuses the roles of cabinet ministers with their roles as MPs, whose independence from court review has been established since the English Bill of Rights in the 17th century."

Yikes. I'd get on that, boys.

2 Comments:

At 6/03/2006 8:24 AM, Blogger DPW said...

pity Stephen - now he's going to need a majority so he can restore capital punishment and then start shooting the lawyers until they stop obstructing his agenda. :)

 
At 6/04/2006 2:34 AM, Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I think the accountability act as a whole is totally unnecessary. The sponsorship scandal happened because some people choose not to follow the rules. We don't need more rules, we need better enforcement of the ones that exist. Of the five Conservative promises, they are all gimmicks that sound good, but with the exception of the wait time guarantees (which cannot be done without provincial approval) the other four are bad policies.

 

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