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Our new normal: the mockery of democracy
By Lawrence Martin, the Globe and Mail, 25 September 2012
Allan Gregg, the veteran pollster and commentator, caused a bit of a stir recently when, in a speech at Carleton University, he accused the Harper government of making an Orwellian assault on democracy and reason. (...)
Mr. Gregg’s thesis got another lift with news of the impending arrival of another Conservative Trojan horse bill. We recall their recent omnibus budget bill, the one in which a multitude of non-budget measures were included so as to lessen democratic scrutiny of them. Critics on the left and right – even Sun Media – denounced it as a blatant abuse of process by a Prime Minister who once blasted the Liberals for bringing in a smaller omnibus bill. (...)
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