See the article if you want.
The short-short version: Conservative government is trying to pass back-to-work legislation to get Canada Post to start delivering mail again (there was a week and a half of rotating strikes, and then a lockout by Canada Post last week). The NDP (who are not just pro-union, but were formed by a union 50 years ago) are delaying the bill by using procedural tactics. Essentially, every NDP MP is going to speak at every opportunity. All 103 of them.
Currently, they’re debating a motion by leader Jack Layton to delay the bill by 6 months. Each MP can speak for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions. The debate has been going on since 8pm last night, and will finish sometime after midnight tonight, after which the motion will be defeated. Then the debate on the second reading of the bill will happen. The NDP is expected to do the same thing, so sometimes Sunday evening or Monday morning the bill will pass the second reading. If they keep stalling, the bill may be passed by next weekend.
Also, by a quirk of parliament, until the bill is finally voted on the day in the House of Commons remains June 23rd. MPs are sleeping in offices and taking shifts through the night and days (I can’t remember if Elizabeth May has slept since yesterday at 10am :eek:). In a bit of a hilarious twist, apparently the Bloc (all 4 of them) shared some drinks last night .
So, I’m halfway between annoyance and laughing. The NDP isn’t just shooting itself in the foot, they’re also taking out their knees and hips. It’s like they gift-wrapped this for the Liberals, who will be the ones to benefit from this. The NDP is just proving that they’re completely out of touch with ordinary Canadians (I heard a poll on CBC that 70% of Canadians support the bill). I hope you enjoy the next 4 years Jack, you can only go down down down from here.
Anyways, it’s pretty interesting at least.