The old standby, tough on crime, weaved into an obstructionist Liberal Senate, with an added kicker- throwing brown people with bad intentions into the mix. Ooooh, what a concoction, a wedge orgasm. Trouble is, a couple people noticed, namely Chris Hall, followed up by another actual fact checking journalist. Turns out, the crime bill in question shot like a gazelle through the Senate, only to be delayed by the CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT. Nice one Stevo:
But a quick check of the legislative playbook from last session confirms that the only bill that he mentions specifically as a hapless victim of Senatorial stonewalling -- C-25, or, if you go by its government-affixed moniker, the Truth in Sentencing Act -- actually spent just as much time in the House as the Other Place.
A quick check of the record suggests it was actually one of the speedier bills to make it through both House and Senate last year. C-25 made it through the Senate committee in five meetings (which took three weeks, about the same length of time that committee stage took in the House), and just three days of report and third reading debate.
That's where it gets even more interesting, at least in context of the Prime Minister's comments today:
Although the bill was granted Royal Assent on October 21, 2009, the new provisions won't come into force until February 22, 2010 -- a full four months after the fact.
So, who's to blame for that hold up? Was it those criminal-coddling Liberals once again? Not exactly. According to LegisInfo, the coming-into-force date was to be fixed "by order of the Governor in Council," which it - the cabinet, that is - didn't get around to doing until mid-January.
"There goes my majority" Harper is always fun to watch. A bit off key if you will ;)