Thursday, November 18, 2010

Climate Bill Dies in Senate

I find it astonishing that the people who killed this bill wasn't entirely the fault of Harper. In the senate the climate bill failed, but in the House the Climate bill passed, so the elected chamber that represents the people passes a and the unelected chamber votes down a bill. The vote was close 43-42. Thing is there are 105 members in the Senate and 20 members didn't vote. The Conservatives have 52 seats just under a majority in the Senate, but the Liberals only have 49 seats. The others are divided to the Progressive Conservative 2 members and 2 independents. Meaning that the Conservatives could have gotten maybe one PC or Independent to vote against it, but I guess no need considering not enough Liberals even voted. This bill would have made Canada follow a new target of CO2 by having to reduce 25% of emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. This is a target we need to get to, but because of the Conservatives and some non voting members in the Senate the environment is going to have to wait a while. I think all this can go away if we elect our senate or abolish the senate all together. We need to do something with the senate, because having a senate that can stop legislation even though the house passed it is just going to make us wait longer for legislation.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm loving all of these sudden Liberal converts to Senate reform. Funny how we didn't hear boo about how a Liberal Senate majority benifited them for years, but now that the roles are reversed, "we need to do something with the Senate".

    Too rich beyond words.

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  2. I have always support freform to our political system with IRV reform and an elected sente.

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