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Elizabeth May’s Budget Quiz: Take The C-38 Test The Green Party Leader Is Challenging Tory MPs With

What “work” will no longer be covered under the Navigable Waters Protection Act?
> Bridge
> Pipeline
> Culvert
> Hydro dam
> None of the above
> All of the above

What act allows for increased offshore seismic activity?
> National Energy Board Act
> Canada Oil & Gas Operations Act
> Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Act
> Coasting Trade Act
> Fisheries Act
> None of the above
> All of the above

Which one of these laws is not changed in Bill C-38?
> Species at Risk Act
> Canadian Environmental Protection Act
> Nuclear Safety and Control Act
> Nuclear Liability Act
> Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
> None of the above
> All of the above

Which of the following acts is NOT in C-38?
> Parks Canada Agency Act
> Navigable Waters Improvement Act
> Auditor General Act
> Wage Earner Protection Program Act
> None of the above
> All of the above

What change to the Fisheries Act prompted four former fisheries ministers to protest?
> Section 39 (c)
> Section 41 (1)
> Section 35 (1)
> Section 65 (3)
> None of the above
> All of the above

True or False: All changes to environmental laws in Bill C-38 are in Part 3, which is why the sub-committee on finance examining environmental laws was mandated only to look at Part 3.
> True
> False

Which of the following is NOT in C-38?
> Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act
> Criminal Code
> Corrections and Conditional Release Act
> Seeds Act
> Food and Drugs Act
> All of the above – none is mentioned in C-38
> None of the above — they are all mentioned in C-38

C38 repeals a number of acts. How many acts are repealed?
> 2
> 3
> 6
> 8
> 10
> None of the above

Which of the following bodies or positions are NOT dissolved by C-38?
> The Public Appointments Commission and its secretariat
> International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
> Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal
> Canada Industrial Relations Board
> National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
> First Nations Statistical Institute
> The National Council of Welfare
> Assisted Human Reproduction Agency
> The office of the Inspector General of Canadian Security and Intelligence Service
> All of them eliminated
> None of them eliminated

How many new acts does C-38 create?
> 2
> 3
> 5

Part 1: Bill C-38 – Tory MP David Wilks
 
 
Bill C-38: Ten Ways This Budget Failed
Old Age Security
One of the many changes in C-38 is that of raising the qualifying age for Old Age Security from 65 to 67, a move which will hurt Canada’s low-income seniors, as 40% of OAS recipients earn less than $20,000 per year and 53% earn less than $25,000.

Immigration

The government is closing the files of Federal Skilled Workers who applied for Permanent Residency prior to 2008, without any opportunity for review or appeal of this decision. This past week, Justice Donald Rennie of the Federal Court found that this move was illegal, stating that applicants with applications determined eligible for processing were owed a duty of fairness and the consideration of their submissions.

Parole Board Hearings

Changes to the parole board will eliminate in-person hearings in some instances, which, in the words of the Canadian Bar Association “is critical to the process.” As the CBA explains “By attending the hearing, the offender whose parole is suspended has the opportunity to learn what the Board members believe the facts to be, to correct them if necessary, and to provide other relevant information.” The measure will not result in cost-savings — rather it prejudices fundamental rights and procedural fairness while also being constitutionally suspect under the Charter.

Environment

Many of the proposals in Bill C-38 will haveparticularly deleterious consequences for the environment. Indeed, this bill rewrites Canada’s laws on environmental assessment by repealing the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, repealing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, weakening our environmental laws respecting protection for species, and derogating from established Aboriginal rights in the matter of environmental protection.

Food Inspection

Similarly, cuts are also being made to various food inspection agencies that help keep Canadians safe and secure, while ensuring that the food chain is not contaminated. The government has yet to explain how these cuts would not prejudice the health and safety of Canadians or how food safety would be maintained in the absence of complete and adequate funding.

Libraries

Sixth, Bill C-38 eliminates a series of libraries and archives throughout different departments as part of the latest budget cuts, including the Canadian Council of Archives. These changes affect historians, researchers, the media, Parliament and the public — all of whom deserve to have this information preserved in addition to access to it.

Research Facilities

C-38 cuts research facilities and closes federal labs. Indeed, it changes some research funding programs such that they only provide grants when research has direct commercial application. Such changes move Canada away from being a leader in R&D, and will likely result in the loss of some of our best and brightest scientists.

Jobs

The true nature of the scope of public service cuts in this bill — and the cost of these cuts — bill still remains unknown. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates that in addition to the 19,200 positions being eliminated in budget 2012, there will be a further 6,300 jobs cut as a result of the government’s previous strategic reviews that have yet to be implemented, and a further 9,000 cuts as a result of the government’s budget operating freeze.

Aboriginal Health Funding

In the matter of Aboriginal health funding, despite the fact that Aboriginal suicide rates run as high as 11 times the national average, the Conservatives are cutting the Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Fisheries

In the matter of pay equity, clause 602 of Bill C-38 eliminates federal contractors’ obligation to respect pay equity by removing the obligation of the Minister to ensure pay equity among Federal contractors. This will have serious consequences for women’s access to employment, and, as the Canadian Federation of University Women put it,“The proposed amendment to the FCP, could weaken the requirements and enforcement of employment equity for a significant number of employers, and could reverse progress towards economic and social equality in Canada.”


Conservative MP David Wilks telling constituents that he has some concerns with the omnibus nature of the bill.
 

 
British Columbia MP David Wilks says there’s nothing a lone member can do to defeat the bill or force the Harper government to split up its 425 pages.

Wilks made the comments during a meeting Tuesday with a small group of constituents in his Kootenay-Columbia riding.

Portions of the meeting were videotaped and posted online Wednesday, prompting Wilks to quickly backtrack.

In the video, Wilks is urged by several constituents to vote against the omnibus budget bill, which features a host of non-budgetary measures including changes to the environmental assessment process, Old Age Security, immigration and Employment Insurance rules.

But Wilks says without similar defiance from at least a dozen fellow Tories, voting against the bill would be an empty gesture that would get him booted out of the Conservative caucus.

“Me doesn’t change the budget,” he tells the constituents. “If I stand up and say ‘no,’ it still passes.”

Shortly after the video surfaced, Wilks was back-pedalling.

“I wish to clarify my position with regard to Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act,” Wilks said in a statement posted on his website.

“I support this bill and the jobs and growth measures that it will bring for Canadians in Kootenay-Columbia and right across the country.”

He explains that he has no choice but to support C-38 because party discipline is rigidly applied to budget bills.

That’s wrong! Wake up Canada!