Recognition Act Yields 8 More QPs
Campbell's mishandling of the proposed "Recognition Act"
has probably given the NDP an extra eight question periods
before the Legislature is adjourned for the election.
2005 the Campbell government adjourned the Legislature on
March 10th even though the Parliamentary calendar called for
it to continue to sit, and the 2005 election wasn't until
the second Tuesday in May. This year, according to Vaughn
Palmer, Campbell promised first nations that legislation recognizing
aboriginal title would be passed before adjournment for the
election. Palmer quoted Aboriginal Affairs Minister Mike de
Jong calling the proposed legislation: "Unprecedented"
and "Change on a seismic scale."
upset the business community and his caucus, Campbell has
backed off until after the election, but he didn't do so until
after the Legislature recessed for the week of spring break.
Had he known that his pet legislation was going to meet such
a backlash, he might have used closure to ram his Supply Bill
(authority to spend $14 billion without debate of ministerial
estimates) through with closure and shut the Legislature down
as he did in 2005. As it is, adjournment is expected on April
2nd, giving the opposition eight more question periods, during
which Stonewally Oppal will continue to shield Campbell because
scandal is before the court; it doesn't matter what scandal
- political insiders or B.C. Rail corruption.
minds turn to the election, ordinary people might pause to
consider what surprise Campbell has in store if he is re-elected.
His conversion on aboriginal rights is breathtaking. He went
into the 2001 election while in court fighting the Nisqa'a
treaty. In 2002 he held a referendum
on treaty negotiations that was roundly condemned. In
2009 he is on the verge of granting veto power over land use
decisions to first nations. He should be in hospital with
whiplash. If that is the scale of the surprise he has in store
for British Columbians if given a third mandate, don't you
think he should provide the details of his Recognition Act
before the May 12th vote?