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budget omnibus

As 2012 ends, what do we in Canada understood as enduring truths that can we take into living forward in 2013? On the home front, we should have understood that democracy in Canada can be taken too much for granted. We take for granted that Parliamentary democracy is only as effective as the power concentrated in the Prime Minister's Office allows it to be. In the wrong hands, it can make MPs mostly irrelevant, as demonstrated by the Harper PMO.
Parliament has never seen such an all-encompassing bill as C-38 in its history. The government has shut down debate in Parliament and refuses to split the bill to allow for proper scrutiny. Ultimately, whether this terrible bill passes or not depends on the mettle of individual Conservative MPs.