MP’s bill takes national fall

Editor:

It was most gratifying to hear the anti-union legislation – from our own MP Russ Hiebert – has effectively been gutted…

Editor:

It was most gratifying to hear the anti-union legislation brought forward in the House of Commons as a private member’s bill – from none other than our own MP Russ Hiebert – has effectively been gutted by an amendment put forth and passed in the Senate by a less vindictive Conservative senator (Senate ‘guts’ MP’s bill, June 27.)

The bill now must go back to the House, which has risen for the summer, so hopefully this draconian piece of legislation will die the death it truly deserves.

Note to Russ: why not bring forward a bill forcing elected officials to fully disclose all monies spent from the wallets of the taxpayers?

For once, the Senate has done its job properly.

Forest McCready, Surrey

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Dear Russ,

You’ve done it. Managed to get yourself coverage on the national news. And this time the fuss is over your mean-spirited private member’s bill, C-377.

Provincial politicians, Senators – even some of your fellow Conservatives – are expressing criticism, saying you’ve gone too far.

Some are calling your bill “unworkable” or “unnecessary.” Others have gone so far as to suggest it is “unconstitutional”, a kind of “class warfare,” and pointing to the fact it will no doubt lead to any number of expensive court fights.

Thanks a lot, Russ, for putting us back in the news again, and for all the wrong reasons.

Heidi Greco, Surrey