As the unprecedented fight against the budget bill continued in Parliament last week one thing was clear. It is not just the opposition that is speaking out on the actions of the Conservative government.
Former Conservative Fisheries Minister Tom Siddon sounded the warning on the Fisheries Act changes in the budget bill, which gut things like habitat protection provisions. Siddon, and his former Conservative colleague John Fraser, signed an open letter highlighting their concerns about the weakening of environmental protection standards. Former Reform Party Environment critic Bob Mills spoke out, saying Canada would “pay a price” for these changes, adding the Prime Minister was surrounding himself with “a bunch of cheerleaders.”
Current Conservative MPs like David Tilson and Michael Chong are arguing for more environmental assessments, not less, when it comes to a proposed Ontario “mega quarry” in their region.
Conservative MP for Kootenay-Columbia, David Wilks was videotaped telling constituents concerned about the sweeping Trojan Horse bill: "I think you'll find a (group) of Conservatives that do hold your concerns. And I am one of them."
It is increasingly clear that concerns about C-38, which was still in the Senate as of June 26, goes well beyond party lines.
As we voted around the clock it was obvious just how many concerned Canadians were watching and supportive of our efforts to fight for accountability. I heard from many people in our region and around the country that are supporting our fight.
Why is this so important? The fight is about more than a budget. It is about our future. It is about our Canada.