"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Comparative legislative process

Recently-minted Minister Harry Harding has a great, if unoriginal, idea:

An amendment to the Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act will remove expiration dates and fees for gift cards. The Department of Government Services has put forward Bill 40 which ensures consumers know the exact rules and limitations when purchasing gift cards.

"Many consumers prefer to give gift cards because of their ease and convenience," said the Honourable Harry Harding, Minister of Government Services. "For this reason, it is important that consumers know exactly what they are purchasing and that they do not feel constrained to use them within a certain period because of time limitations."
Unoriginal, because Newfoundland and Labrador is the last of the ten provinces to bring in such legislation. The first was Ontario, in 2007.

Which, by happy coincidence, was also the year in which Manitoba’s provincial whistleblower legislation came into force.

Which makes it all the more curious that sad-sack Justice Minister Felix Collins continues to polish the turd that is former Premier Danny Williams’ long-since shattered promise to bring in provincial whistleblower legislation. The latest excuse?

"The provinces that have it are undergoing the regular growing pains of new legislation. We are monitoring that to see what best practices come out of it. So when we produce our legislation it will be the best piece of legislation that we can possible come up with."
Why the casual wait-and-see attitude on whistleblower protection legislation, which has existed in Canada for just as long as gift-card protection legislation?

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At 4:40 PM, December 10, 2010 , Blogger Unknown said...

You're a civil servant. I help pay your salary. Blog on your time, not mine.

At 6:21 PM, December 10, 2010 , Blogger Unknown said...

Ever heard of coffee breaks ?

At 10:27 PM, December 10, 2010 , Blogger WJM said...

Not even, Ursula.

Cain, ever heard of time-stamps? My postings (such as that one) are made in the past and set to post, automatically, in the future. This means, usually, the night before for some time the next day or days ahead of time.

Nice try, though.

And BTW - if you are intent on posting pseudonymously, I am not sorry to disappoint you: if I don't know who you are, and you won't tell me, that was your last comment here. Have a nice life.

At 8:25 AM, December 11, 2010 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wally , you don't owe anyone an explanation .


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