But he is a whiner and a bully.
Support us on Afghanistan or we’ll call an election. Support this bill or we’ll call an election.
Call me dear leader or I’ll call an election.
A leader doesn’t need to bully, threaten and carry on. A bully though…
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson told the Senate committee on legal affairs that it should pass the bill in February. If that doesn’t happen, he said he would tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the bill is a confidence measure and let him deal with it appropriately.
“We say to Liberal senators, and we say to (Liberal Leader) Stephane Dion, tell your Liberal colleagues to push this through,” said Day.
Day called on the public to contact senators to push the bill through.
But senators counter that they don’t understand the government’s rush all of a sudden. They said they are constitutionally required to consider the bill fully and they won’t be strong-armed into speeding up their decision to fit a government-imposed schedule.
Manitoba Senator Sharon Carstairs told Mike Duffy Live that the Tory government is trying to bully the Senate.
“Unfortunately, for Mr. Harper, senators can’t be bullied,” she said.
“We want to hear from the public … particularly on two issues. I am very concerned about the impact of this (bill) on Aboriginal people. Reverse onus bail conditions, for example.”
Reverse onus would require people accused of violent crimes to state why they should receive bail, rather than put the onus on prosecutors to prove why the accused should be kept in jail.
“We do have Charter rights and one of them is to be silent, but you can’t be silent if you have to, in fact, prove reverse onus,” said Carstairs.