I sent the following to Harper, all leaders of the opposition parties and my MP. The letter was also sent to all Senators.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am still in shock over the surprise vote on Bill C-311 and its demise. This bill was passed by the elected House of Commons and deserved debate and committee review in the Senate. My understanding is that only the Government in the Senate can call for a vote on a bill. Why did Conservative Senators delay debate on this bill and why was it put to a vote before due process? It does not matter what the Government thought of it. The majority of MPs voted for it and it deserved debate and review in the Senate.
This action casts a negative light on Canada’s democratic process, and leadership on one of the most pressing issues of our time.
As a citizen, I am appalled by the Senate’s disregard for the will of our elected representatives. I am also losing faith in this government’s ability to rise to the great challenge of transitioning to a low carbon economy.