Unless you have intentionally avoided any and all Canadian news sources this week, then you have been riding the Omni-Bus with everyone else. All the conjecture inspired me to look at the past several Budget Implementation Acts and see how long they have been or in other words how “omni” they have been.
41st Parl-1st Session: Bill C-38: 753 sections.
40-3: Bill C-9: 2208 sections
40-2: Bill C-10: 471 sections
39:2: Bill C-50: 164 sections
39-1: Bill C-52: 154 sections
39:1: Bill C-13: 217 sections
38-1: Bill C-43: 143 sections
37-3: Bill C-30: 50 sections
37-2: Bill C-28: 97 sections
The pattern I detect from this, admittedly very simple, analysis is that the use of omnibus bills, at least to pass the annual Budget Implementation Act, is growing. The trend of using a hammer where a screwdriver is required with regards to law, is one I find troublesome. Law is usually a more effective tool when used as a precision instrument rather than a tool of blunt force.
…..and for something completely different; an update on a post from over a year ago, Citadel on the city of Halifax suing the Federal Government over the tax value of the land that the Halifax Citadel rests on, has been decided by the SCC in favour of Halifax. Which means that the value of the land that the citadel stands on has been officially assessed at $19 million.