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The Hon. George  Baker, P.C. Senator George Baker is the former MP for the riding of Gander - Grand Falls (Newfoundland and Labrador). He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1974, and was re-elected at every subsequent federal election. Since March 26, 2002, he has served in the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Bill C-9: The Erosion of Accountability / Govt. By Stealth

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Posted by John Leard (Oakville) on 17 June 2010

Dear Senators:

This is my plea for the Senate of Canada to protect all Canadians from the demonstrable abuse of authority that the Harper government is attempting through Bill C-9. For a Budget to include the erosions to: environmental protections, Canada Post’s successful business model, and the privatization of atomic energy among others, at the very least weakens our democracy and cynically discourages the participation of citizens in our parliamentary process. It is unconscionable for our elected representatives to not effectively oppose this Bill. It is surely their job to ensure proper debate on the included amendments to so many other Acts/Regulations which will have profound effects on all of our lives for years to come. It therefore falls to Senators of all parties to support Senator Murray’s efforts to remove those attachments that are not related to financial matters in the 2010 Budget. Please do not let the divisive politics of our current government sway you from your duty to provide “sober second thought”. Thank you for your timely consideration and if there is anything that I as a citizen can do please do not hesitate to ask. John Leard

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