Regaining the agenda
In an effort to regain the agenda, the Conservative government has kicked off Justice Week.
It started this morning with funding announcements for a number of agencies that help victims of crime (it is also National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.) T
his afternoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Winnipeg to announce measures to combat car theft.
Also today, the House of Commons will consider four justice bills that have been kicking around since late last year.
Much has been made in past weeks of the perception that the Conservatives' legislative cupboard is bare. Commons committees (if they're not filibustered) are for the most part examining private members' bills, looking at reports by the auditor general or investigating matters of general interest to committee members.
Few are sinking their teeth into fresh policy or new bills. For a self-described law and order government, Canadians have heard little of late about the government's justice agenda, except perhaps the boarding of the Sea Shepherd Society's "Farley Mowat" last weekend.
The Conservatives hope to change that this week.
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