The headline reads: Conservatives cheer demise of Bill C-30
The unprecedented death of the government's oft-criticized Internet surveillance bill was met with mixed emotions Tuesday, but perhaps most telling was the reaction from members of the Conservative caucus, some of whom joined the opposition and thousands of Canadians coast-to-coast in welcoming its demise.
I disagree. The reaction from the members of the Conservative caucus was not the 'most telling'. Their reaction is, for the most part, superfluous (I hesitate to use the phrase 'least telling'). And here's why.
Toews Made It Clear Which Way To Vote
Toews basically hamstrung the government side with his comment, which meant that no Conservative MPs were voting against the Bill.
"Either stand with us or with the child pornographers." - Vic Toews
I mean, it's not like it's a secret or anything. Your vote is not your vote, we get that. 'Us' is crystal-clear in my mind: Us=Strong Stable Majority
You can say anything you want about the Bill, in public and in private, but YOUR VOTE is all that matters on Bills before the House of Commons when it comes to your position on a particular issue.
But you know you were going to vote for the Bill. It's not like it was a secret, as I've mentioned before.
There Was No Vote
To be clear, there was no vote on this Bill, because there is no longer any Bill. It is gone. Which is a good thing. It was named The Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act, and it allowed for warrant-less online intrusions into every single Canadian's cyber-presence. It is a good thing that it is gone. But I digress.
All Conservative MPs would have voted for Bill C-30 so any individual CPC MPs opinion on the bill is irrelevant. I'll get it from the PMO if I need it. Otherwise, please keep quiet as your words are meaningless in the face of your actions.