How is it that Stephen Harper has gotten away with signing
a shady new security perimeter deal
with the US without consulting Canadians or Parliament?
Why is the federal government refusing
to disclose the cost estimates
of its multibillion-dollar corporate tax cuts and prison expansions?
In the House this week, Liberal MP and Finance Critic Scott Brison
rose on a question of privilege to demand the details and stated that
"withholding this information impedes Parliament's ability to
fulfill its duty to scrutinize the estimates, and that is a breach of
the House's privilege".
Could it be
that the Harper government has no idea how much the prison expansion
will cost? In April last year, the government's original estimate to
implement the 'Truth
in Sentencing' Act was revised
from $90 million to $2 billion. The independent parliamentary budget
officer, Kevin Page, has
that the Sentencing Act will cost between $7 billion and $10 billion
over the next five years as prison populations explode and new
prisons are required.
For all the noise the Tories
have made about the Long Gun Registry, could it be that Harper is
creating another bloated government program, this one even nastier
and more expensive than the registry?
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